FEATURED GOAT ARTICLES
Lessons from the Farm
What we’ve learned can help you care for your goats.
Information from Our Goat Experts
Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about goats.
What causes milk fever in goats?
With the onset of milk production after giving birth, your goat must supply a large quantity of calcium with her milk. The goat normally has more than enough calcium reserves in her bones, but if she has been on a diet high in calcium during her dry period, her body may have “forgotten” how to mobilize those calcium reserves because it hasn’t needed to. Consequently, when she starts lactating, and she needs to deliver calcium to the mammary gland for milk production, her blood calcium levels may fall to a dangerous level, resulting in milk fever.