Dr. Jesse Goff
Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University Veterinary Medicine College
Jesse Goff is a professor emeritus at the Iowa State University Veterinary Medicine College. He has previously served in roles at USDA-ARS and the West Central Farmer’s Cooperative.
Goff has served on NRC committees, and he wrote the “Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle” guidelines in 2001 and the “Mineral Tolerances of Domestic Animals” guidelines in 2005. He has published 126 papers and has served as a section editor and contributor to Smith’s Large Animal Internal Medicine and Duke’s Physiology of Domestic Animals.
In his research, Goff has studied milk fever and hypocalcemia. His research has demonstrated that diet potassium interferes with parathyroid hormone action, causing milk fever. This work refined the use of low-DCAD diets and calcium supplements to reduce hypocalcemia.
Goff and his colleagues have also demonstrated calcium and energy challenges caused periparturient immune suppression, which are characterized by the inability of neutrophils and lymphocytes to respond to infections. This issue predisposes cows to mastitis, retained placenta and metritis.