Cobalt as a Preventive of 'Pining' in Cornwall and Devon

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UNTIL recently, all evidence of the use of cobalt as a preventive or cure of 'pining' in sheep has been confined to Scotland1,2 and the north of England3, although attention was directed in 19374 and 19385 to 'pining' and its possible connexion with low cobalt content of soils and pastures in Devon. During the past eighteen months, further study has shown that the condition is fairly widespread on soils derived from granite and Old Red Sandstone grits in both Devon and Cornwall.

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PATTERSON, J. Cobalt as a Preventive of 'Pining' in Cornwall and Devon. Nature 157, 555 (1946) doi:10.1038/157555b0

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