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Problems Which Can Frequently Be Related to Nutrition

Originally published in Agribusiness Dairyman
Reprinted in REDGA Goat Notes & United Caprine News ('96)
Paralytic Problems:
Problems: Possible nutritional answers:

Milk Fever: Ca/Phos. Ratio; Vit. D; inorganic sulfate
Downer milk fever: The above + magnesium
Grass tetany: Magnesium
Knuckling fetlocks, weak hindlegs: Vitamin E, Selenium, Copper
Nerve loss: Copper
Ataxia: Copper, copper-molybdenum

Breeding Problems:
Problems: Possible nutritional answers:

Retained placentas, metritis: Copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin E
Lack of estrus: Copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin E
Tailess sperm in semen: Selenium
Lack of libido: Copper-molybdenum

Hoof Problems:
Problems: Possible nutritional answers:

Hoof Rot: Copper, iodine
Abnormal hoof growth Copper
Soft hoof: growth Copper
Swollen fetlocks: Copper
Laminitis: High rumen acid upsets copper absorption
Hairy wart resistance: Copper (nutrition), formaldehyde (foot bath)

Intestinal Problems:
Problems: Possible nutritional answers:

Acidosis (pH balance): Sodium bicarbonate
Low butterfat test: Sodium bicarbonate
Undigested feed in manure: Copper, cobalt
Scouring: Copper, molybdenum
Worm resistance: Copper, molybdenum
Low production: Copper, zinc, manganeses, inorganic sulfate
Abnormal appetite: Copper, cobalt



Metabolic Problems:
Problems: Possible nutritional answers:
High somatic cell count: Copper, zinc, selenium, Vitamin E
Ketosis: Copper, inorganic sulfate
White muscle disease: Selenium
Pneumonia Copper, zinc, selenium, Vitamin E
Heart abnormalities: Copper, selenium, magnesium
Anemia: Iron, copper, cobalt
Tongue lolling: Copper
Retarded growth: Copper, molybdenum
Sudden death: Copper, selenium, grease & nitrate
Off-flavor milk :High iron (feed or water); Vitamin E
High culling rate: Poor mineral nutrition program
Fat cow syndrome: Copper, inorganic sulfate
Hair off color, no bloom: Copper, selenium


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