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Cobalt deficiency in pastured sheep in the South-Western Cape Province

D. J. Schneider, E. W.P. Heine, Jennifer R. Green
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 2 | a1598 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v62i2.1598 | © 2020 D. J. Schneider, E. W.P. Heine, Jennifer R. Green | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2017 | Published: 30 June 1991

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D. J. Schneider, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, South Africa
E. W.P. Heine, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, South Africa
Jennifer R. Green, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, South Africa

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Abstract

Annually recurrent illthrift and mortalities in a small flock of pastured sheep at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Stellenbosch were cured by the supplementation of cobalt. The similarities between acute cobalt deficiency and ovine white liver disease are discussed.

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Cobalt deficiency; sheep; illthrift; white liver disease

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