ONCE she has foaled and is lactating, a mare’s energy requirements increase by as much as 44% and nutrients, such as protein, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A, are in particularly high demand. During the first three months of lactation, a mare will give 3% of her body weight daily in milk production so, for example, a mare of 454kg will produce in the region of 13.6kgs of milk per day.
If the mare’s diet is deficient in calories, at this stage, she will lose weight and, if deficient in protein, she will lose muscle and top line and “milk off her back”, while an inadequate supply of major and trace minerals means her liver and bone stores will be sacrificed for the foal. Insufficient feed at this stage can also reduce milk production and quality, and compromise reproductive efficiency, which could eventually affect the foal’s health and growth rate.
Baileys Stud and Youngstock Cubes are perfect for those mares who need the extra calories and other nutrients, to maintain condition while lactating. Their barley-free formula is highly digestible and they’re energy-dense to deliver more per scoop and, containing only the best quality protein sources they help maintain top line, in the mare, while supporting milk quality for the growing foal.
Stud and Youngstock Cubes supply elevated levels of vitamins and chelated minerals to meet the increased requirements of pregnant and lactating mares and growing youngstock, as well as breeding stallions. They’re cost effective and easy to feed to barn-kept groups or those at pasture.
For more information, go to www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.