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    salt licks and hogs?

    So I've been seeing hogs around salt lick blocks left out for cattle. This kinda throughs me off cause hogs don't sweat and thus don't. Have any means to expell salt. They were the white slt blocks not the red or brown mineral blocks I made sure they were salt. Has anyone else seen something like this or does anyone have an explination they might share.

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    I believe your premise is in error. Hogs need and use salt. It doesn't matter that they don't sweat salt. Obviously, it passes some other way, maybe broken down further, I don't know, but they need salt.

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    Salt. Sodium and chlorine are the two elements that make up salt. The minimum salt requirement for growing pigs is 0.25 percent. Lactation diets should contain 0.50 percent salt, compared to 0.40 percent for gestation diets and 0.35 percent for growing pig diets.

    Sodium and chlorine, along with potassium and magnesium, are involved in the control of cellular functions and the acid-base balance in the body. For example, sodium is required for normal nerve function. Chlorine forms part of hydrochloric acid, required for digestion in the stomach.

    Feeding salt-deficient diets results in poor performance and loss of appetite. Pigs can stand high levels of salt if adequate water is available. If adequate water is not present, high levels of salt can result in lack of coordination, stumbling, and even death.

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    I was always to the understanding that hogs didn't require much salt. But it makes sense when u think about it in terms of diet. Have u tried using salt licks and or mineral licks that are well established as ambush points and if so how were the results.

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    I can tell you that you shouldn't try using the mineral blocks you can buy at the store. They'll tear them to pieces and they'll be gone within two or three days. I saw it happen over at David's (bosshog) deer feeder last year when the hogs moved in.

    I also know several farmers that have complained about the hogs eating all of the mineral blocks they put out for their cattle.

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