Story: King Country region

Bush sickness

Bush sickness

Animals grazed on the volcanic pumice soils common in the King Country wasted away unless they were moved to pasture on different soil. In 1935 scientists discovered the cause of this 'bush sickness' was a deficiency of the mineral cobalt in the soil. In a 1939 experiment King Country pastures were treated with superphosphate and cobalt, and animals grazed on these treated pastures remained healthy.

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Reference: Evening Post, 24 November 1939, p. 15

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Farming, forestry and mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/34861/bush-sickness (accessed 27 June 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Mar 2015