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How to get a mare to lactate?

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Chris Cox
Neonate
Username: Chriscox

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A friend had an orphan filly last week so we tried to put it on one of our mares who had just foaled. She let it nurse when we were there but was too protective of her own foal to let it nurse without us present (the three of them were okay in the stall with a board for it to go under though). I brought in my 21yo mare who quit cycling after foal heat last year and she actually had a little milk and let the filly nurse. Right now they have been together for 5 days and doing well (www.coxranch.com/2006foals.htm ) in a 1 acre pen with milk replacer left out for the foal. She nurses some, but not enough to sustain her. Any ideas on how to get the mare to produce more so that we can turn them out with the other mares & foals? I would like to get this mare in foal this year if at all possible so do not want to totally mess her up hormonally.

Thanks for any ideas.

Chris Cox

Cox Ranch
Marietta, OK
www.coxranch.com
Home of Zan Parr Nic - Reining & Cowhorse Money Earning son of Reminic & Sparkles Rosezana
 

Jenn
Breeding Stock
Username: Jenn

Post Number: 133
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have you thought about getting a dairy goat for the foal to nurse off of? I (fortunately) have never had to do that, but I have heard of it being succesfully done. I wish you luck.
 

Kim k
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Username: Kimk

Post Number: 458
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 01:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Never had to either, but heard it has worked for others. Also, I beleive that there are some hormone shots available to help a mare lactate better. check with your vet--, someplace its here on the board too
Good luck
 

Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 10515
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You could look at using Domperidone or Sulpiride, possibly by themselves will be suffucient, but there is also a protocol for inducing lactation in non-parturient mares when used in conjunction with a progestin and estrogen. Where the mare is already producing milk, I would feel inclined to try just the Domperidone or Sulpiride and see if that assists. Your veterinarian should be able to assist you with this, and you should be able to get the product through BET Pharm via your vet.



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