Occasionally waters used for livestock in South Dakota are so saline that they are toxic. In order to establish standards for determining, from chemical analysis, whether water is suitable for livestock, experimental work with waters of various salt content has been done. With cattle, toxic levels of various kinds of salts have been quite well established. Since swine are believed to be more susceptible to damage by high salt intake than are cattle, an experiment with swine was conducted. With cattle, water containing 1.0% of either sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, or a mixture of these two salts and magnesium sulfate appears toxic, while less than 0.7% of these salts has no harmful effect on general health and well-being. This experiment was designed to test the effects of waters containing less than 0.7% of a salt mixture on swine.
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Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Olson, Q.E. and Wahlstrom, R.C., "Effects of Saline Water on Swine" (1958). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1958. 2.