Functions of Cobalt
Cobalt is building block of vitamin B-12. It is essential for fertility and longevity. Cobalt is involved in absorption and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
Bacteria in the stomachs of ruminant animals convert cobalt salts into vitamin B12, a compound which can only be produced by bacteria or archaea. A minimal presence of cobalt in soils therefore markedly improves the health of grazing animals, and an uptake of 0.20 mg/kg a day is recommended because they have no other source of vitamin B12.
Legumes need Cobalt in their enzymes to fix Nitrogen and to for cell growth. Cobalt may also help animals to resist parasites.
A recommended application of Cobalt Sulfate is 200-800 grams per acre per year.
Symptoms of Cobalt deficiency in animals
|Loss of body condition|