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HEY ALL YOU MILK TESTERS!

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Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3037
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I need help. I am an avid milk tester for several years now, and to date it has always been accurate for me. I have one mare who always tests at 450 for 2 days before foaling, and all others foal when calcium hits 300. Here's the thing.....on Thursday, my mare was testing 450. No big deal, waited the two days and continued to test twice a day....pads were changing faster, as you would expect. Then when i went to test her this morning, guess what? Her calcium has gone DOWN to less than 180. I tested twice, then 3 times....I have never seen this happen in all my years of milk testing. Has anyone else?? She has had 4 foals, all at days 315 & day 316. Today is 315 for her. It's not that i'm impatient, though I did expect a foal from her last night, based on her history. But yesterday her milk was thick and sticky...and this morning it is clear again! Anybody venture a guess as to what's going on around here?? The milk test has never lied to me....but it has never changed on me either!!
 

hedgerow farm
Nursing Foal
Username: Lotsofponies

Post Number: 14
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I alway test PH along with the calcium test because I to have had a few mares where it was inconsistent. I use pool/hot-tube/spa test strips since it has both calcuim and ph and they are pretty cheap. When the ph drops to or below 6.2 they have all foaled within 12 hours.
 

Diana Gilger
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Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3038
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 01:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks hedgerow...I have never tested ph before, and have never had an inconsistency such as this. It's just too weird, and i can't seem to wrap my brain around it. Very strange!!
 

Diana Gilger
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Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3039
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 01:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just got off the phone with my vet, and she said that in vet school she was assigned 8 mares to foal out. They did the milk testing on all of them, and one of them did the same thing. That her calcium went from 250,350,400,500, then 200, 100, and she foaled normally the next day. Said it was odd and at the time, the vet had a reason for it, but she couldn't remember what that reason was. But told me not to worry over it. LOL
 

Marilyn Lemke
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Username: Marilyn_l

Post Number: 2535
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 01:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Diana, thanks for letting us know about this. It's a good thing to know.
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 1023
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 09:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hope to hear a baby announcement soon!!!!
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1157
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 02:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Diana, glad you got your answer. I hope you get that foal very soon. Sounds like it is ready.

And just when I was starting to think we had a sure thing to predict foaling!
 

Diana Gilger
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Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3045
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 02:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

it's darn accurate with the other mares....this mare almost always goes 2 to 3 days after the milk test says 450. It just so happens, that her milk is BACK to 450 tonight...very weird!
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1168
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 12:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just bought one of those pool test strip things, but it is confusing. I don't remember; what is the calcium? It doesn't say "calcium" anywhere. I am going to check it against the PH, so thanks, Hedgerow.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3072
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 01:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

calcium is the water hardness test
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1170
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 07:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Diana. Is it "total hardness," as the test strip indicates? There is no other hardness option.

Sorry, but I couldn't find the ones like I used in my broodmare class. We read the PH line, but were not looking for PH. There was a scale that corresponded to the PH and we used it, but I no longer have the key.

So-my question is, use "total hardness," And use PH?

Look for hardness of 200 or more and/or PH of under 6.2? These mean to expect a foal within 12 hours, on average?

At any rate, Julie's teats are plump today and her vulva loose. I'm sure she'll go within two days. But-I still like my "tools." So I really appreciate any help. I do get very nit picky about things at times. I think it is due to the science courses I've had. Makes one think like a geek. Unfortunately, I don't really have geek skills. Wish!!! LOL!!! Who woulda ever thought anyone would Want to be a Geek? Huh?
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3079
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 07:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

yes, total hardness, and yes ph...i use 6.7 when i do ph, but rarely use it
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1172
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2010 - 02:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks much!

Well looks like Julie won't be foaling tonight. She is 348 days today. She's getting very close though.



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