Milk fever appears just prior to kidding. It is a result of a lack of calcium as she gears up for milk production. Symptoms may include a staggering or wobbly gait, or the doe may just "go down." While experienced goat owners may be able to treat milk fever themselves, most goat owners should contact their veterinarians at the first hint of milk fever. Feeding a low calcium diet before kidding may allow does to convert calcium in their bones more readily to calcium available for milk production.
Posted: December 27, 2018