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AGRICULTURAL Lick supplements Facts or fiction A lot has been written about ruminant feeding, and particularly about lick supplements. As a result, a number of misconceptions have formed, which are regarded as the "correct" lick supplement. Many say “My grandfather did it in a specific way and therefore I do the same”.  By Phillip Lee I t is a fact that many older people did many things right, but aspects such as licks have not necessarily been adjusted on farms with changed 32 SENWES SCENARIO | WINTER 2018 production systems, climate changes, increased livestock performance, etcet- era. There is also the danger that "lick rec- ipes" are passed from generation to gen- eration or farmer to neighbour, with the risk of the lick being changed here and there, to taste. We often find ourselves in a situation where such a lick no longer serves any purpose, whether in terms of animal performance or from an economic point of view. We will be looking at cer- tain myths regarding lick supplements, to enable the livestock producer to evaluate 34