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Apparent bush sickness cure

Apparent bush sickness cure

There were many desperate attempts to find a cure for the ‘bush sickness’ that prevented sheep and cattle from thriving on the central plateau of the North Island and in parts of the South Island. This farmer near Rotorua had success with feeding bran to dairy cows in 1910. It was not until 25 years later that the true cause was found to be cobalt deficiency. It is possible that the bran contained some cobalt.

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Reference: Hawera & Normanby Star, 26 July 1910, p. 5

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Ross Galbreath, 'Agricultural and horticultural research - Advances in soil and animal science', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/19676/apparent-bush-sickness-cure (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Nov 2008