I lost a mare leaving a 7 week old colt. I put hm in with a kind old mare (25 yrs). She has a white fuid in her udder and he is nursing on her. My vet said mares cannot just start making milk but folks on my chat list have opposite experience. BTW I am feeding him hay, Omolene 300 with some FoalLac pellets mixed in. He is doing well now.
You may get milk production, but you would probably get a better result if you use hormonal stimulation. The following is taken from our short course notes:
Research (Daels P.F., Duchamp G., Massoni S. and Chavette P. (2002). Induction of lactation in non-foaling mares and growth of foals raised by mares with induced lactation Theriogenology 58:2-4, 859-861) has shown that milk production may be induced in non-parturient mares using a combination of steroid and dopamine antagonist treatment, and milking; • Mares are treated with 7 days of exposure to a vaginal sponge containing 500 mg altrenogest and 50 mg estradiol benzoate; o It is hypothesized that treatment with suitable low levels of injectable P&E may provide the same necessary dosage. • Daily Sulpiride (1mg/kg) treatment is given for a minimum of 7 days; o Extending the Sulpiride treatment for a longer period appears to increase milk production; (It is hypothesized that treatment with domperidone instead of sulpiride may achieve similar results.) • Prostaglandin (5 mg dinoprost, i.m.) is given on day 6 of treatment • Milking of the mare 5 times per day using a mechanical goat milker was started on day 7; o Oxytocin (5 IU, i.m.) may be given approximately 2 minutes prior to commencement of milking to assist in milk release. • Mares treated in this manner in a research group all produced milk, and foals were fostered onto them.
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