One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An acute illness in female cows, goats, etc. that have just produced young, caused by calcium deficiency.
- ‘A negative DCAB diet fed to dairy cows during the prepartum period increases plasma Ca concentrations around parturition and reduces the incidence of milk fever.’
- ‘When a ewe had trouble - mastitis, milk fever, pneumonia, blue bag - the pens filled with sick sheep and the sheep housing stock shrank.’
- ‘Ensure that all milking cows are receiving enough magnesium and calcium in their diet to avoid grass tetany and milk fever.’
- ‘A few years ago there was a fad for using anionic salts in the cows' dry period to prevent milk fever when they calve.’
- ‘The production of high levels of ketones predisposes the cow to ketosis and subsequently milk fever.’
- ‘From my own personal experience I can still recall the pangs of grief, guilt, and self-criticism I felt some years ago when I lost about half a dozen prime cows to milk fever.’
- ‘‘It was a time when in-calf cows were drenched with a certain product to prevent milk fever,’ he says.’
- ‘Vitamin D has a more direct role in prevention of milk fever and other aberrations of calcium metabolism.’
- ‘Curtis et al. concluded that cows with milk fever are four times more likely to also have a retained placenta.’
- ‘The calcium metabolized by the cow has a role in preventing milk fever at calving.’
- ‘This enables them to draw sufficient calcium from their own bodies to prevent milk fever after calving.’
- ‘Cows with a history of milk fever must be ‘bottled’ with 80-120 grams of limestone flour immediately after calving and again 12 hours later.’
2A fever in women caused by infection after childbirth, formerly supposed to be due to the swelling of the breasts with milk.
- ‘My mother, it should be said, had milk fever and couldn't breastfeed me.’
- ‘My mother and I thought that she died of pneumonia, or perhaps milk fever.’
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