How to Cure Goiters in Cows

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How to Cure Goiters in Cows
Prevent goitre in calves with an iodine supplement fed to adult cattle. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Goitre are a medical condition which appear in both cattle and humans. A goitre is an enlarged thyroid gland. It results from an insufficient amount of iodine. While a goitre is rare in adult cattle, it frequently occurs in newborn calves. This is called "congenital goitre." The cure for congenital goitre in cattle is to provide an iodine supplement to the adult animals. This will result in newborn cattle being healthy and goitre-free.

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Things you need

  • Iodine powder
  • Ionised cobalt
  • Rock salt

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  1. 1

    Mix an iodine powder with ionised cobalt and rock salt. The mixture should equal 400g of powder per metric ton of salt, or 397gr. per short (U.S.) ton.

  2. 2

    Provide this mineral mixture to the cattle "free choice." Place the mixture in a trough where the cattle are free to eat it at any time. Cattle will naturally eat the salt and will consume the iodine along with it.

  3. 3

    "Top-dress" the silo corn that you feed to beef cattle. To top-dress the feed, sprinkle the mixture onto the corn before feeding it to the cattle.

  4. 4

    Observe the outcome. Within a few weeks, newly born cattle should be healthy and energetic.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you locate the salt mixture in an area which the cattle frequent. They won't eat it if they don't know it's there.
  • If you do not notice an improvement of health in the newborn calves after a few weeks, consult a veterinarian.

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