Ventral oedema in exotic Angora goats
The interesting letter by K. G. Thompson in your correspondence columns (New Zealand Veterinary Journal 42, 35-37, 1994) prompts me to beg space in your journal to ask your veterinarians to consider Vitamin E deficiency as a contributory factor in the Angora ventral oedema syndrome. I was closely involved with a large Angora flock in the United Kingdom from its inception with Australasian stock in 1981 until its dispersal in 1993. Following the introduction of Texan and South African lines in the late eighties, ventral oedema was a significant problem for 3 years, but no cases occurred in 1991 or subsequently. In the spring of 1991, the kid crop of this flock suffered a severe problem of myodegeneration affecting primarily the cardiac and to a lesser extent the skeletal musculature…
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