Phalaris aquatica, Phalaris staggers, Deficiency diseases, Cobalt
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FARMERS in the south west of Western Australia are familiar with the use of cobalt for the prevention of ill-thrift and deaths due to cobalt deficiency in sheep and cattle.
Less common is the use of cobalt for the prevention of chronic phalaris poisoning, known as phalaris staggers.
This condition is well known in eastern Australia, but only isolated cases have been recorded in W.A. no doubt due to the relatively small area sown to phalaris in this state.
Gorddard, Bryan J.; Mann, P. P.; and Hadlow, A. J.
"Phalaris staggers : prevention by cobalt bullets,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 8:
8, Article 4.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol8/iss8/4