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An investigation of bovine serum copper levels in Lincolnshire and South Humberside
  1. MS Bain,
  2. JB Spence and
  3. PC Jones

Abstract

Analysis of more than 2000 bovine serum samples showed a large monthly variation in copper levels. There was also a difference in levels between beef and dairy cows although all showed the same monthly pattern. This monthly variation was correlated with rainfall; the higher the rainfall the lower the copper level. The interpretation of single herd blood copper values must be considered carefully in view of this variation.

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