Selenium Deficiency and White Muscle Disease in Goats

How and When to Supplement with Selenium or Bo-Se for Goats

Selenium Deficiency and White Muscle Disease in Goats
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes With kidding season around the corner, it’s time to talk about selenium deficiency. Selenium deficiency in goats can cause white muscle disease in goats, also known as nutritional muscular dystrophy. However, a deficiency in vitamin E can cause the same symptoms. Often, because vitamin E and selenium are interrelated in body functions, your goat may be deficient in both at the same time. Know Your Soil Many parts of the United States have a deficiency of selenium in the soil. If the region has less than half a milligram of selenium per kilogram of soil, then it is considered deficient. These regions include the Pacific Northwest, parts of the Great Lakes area reaching into New England, and down the southern East Coast. However, there are also regions with high amounts of selenium in the soil, even high enough to cause selenium toxicity if

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