White liver disease in goats.


Three field cases of ill-thrift, hepatic lipodystrophy and low tissue levels of vitamin B12 in young angora cross goats are reported. The cases meet the criteria for the diagnosis of white liver disease (WLD) described for sheep. The hypothesis that WLD is a metabolic consequence of cobalt/vit B12 deficiency in sheep and goats on a diet rich in propionate is developed, together with possible reasons for its occurrence in these species but not in cattle or red deer.


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@article{Black1988WhiteLD, title={White liver disease in goats.}, author={H Black and J B Hutton and Reginald J Sutherland and Michael P James}, journal={New Zealand veterinary journal}, year={1988}, volume={36 1}, pages={15-7} }