How to tackle iodine deficiency in Goats

Iodine deficiency in Goats

Iodine deficiency is a nutritional problem seen mainly in newborn kids, which have a higher iodine requirement than other livestock. Adult goats are able to tolerate seasonal fluctuations in iodine by using reserve supply that is stored in their thyroid gland, which is not yet available for newborns. Without sufficient iodine in the diet, kids are more susceptible to illness during cold, wet weather.

iodine deficiency in goats
iodine deficiency in goats


  • Stunted growth
  • hair loss
  • Skin edema

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Laboratory tests

Administer a drench of 28 gm of potassium iodide in one liter of water and mix well; each doe should receive 10 ml.

Ensure doe receives a balanced diet with sufficient iodine.


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