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Given the choice, pigs will remain very clean and often will only cover themselves in a fine layer of dirt or silt for health reasons (less sunburn, removes some parasites).

However, pigs have a very narrow thermoneutral zone in which they do not need to expend energy to maintain a steady body temperature. When the air temperature is outside of this zone, pigs will wallow in mud to cool off, resulting in them being covered in mud and dirt cakes. However, pigs are fastidious about avoiding covering themselves in their own feces and do try to keep themselves clean. If a farmer provides a small pond or other body of water to cool off in, pigs will use that to sit in and cool down rather than a mud patch. therefore they are cleaned.

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