Feeding the Broodmare
Preparation for Breeding
- Ensure that your mare is in good general health. Make sure that you check that her teeth and feet are in good condition.
- Make a plan! Make sure that you know whether your mare will be going to stud and when she will be going.
- Check her body condition - ideally your mare should be at a body fat score of 3-3.5 out of 5. If she is severely underweight or overweight at the time of going to the stallion her chance of becoming pregnant may be reduced.
Early Pregnancy - 0 to 6 months:
- A normal mare's pregnancy will be around 11 months.
- In the first 6 months, she will not require any extra calories to support her pregnancy.
- Feeding good quality hay and grass should provide her with almost all her calorific requirements.
- Supplement with Suregrow - our stud balancer. This can be fed at 250g per 100kg of bodyweight during the first 6 months of pregnancy to provide your mare with optimum levels of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.
Mid-Pregnancy - 6-9 months:
- During this time there will be a slight increase in your mare's energy requirements.
- Introducing a small amount of Mare and Youngstock cubes to the diet of Suregrow and forage can help her to meet her nutritional requirements.
- The unborn foal will be growing rapidly and you will notice the mare's abdomen getting bigger, because of this, your mare's appetite may decrease in this stage as the unborn foal begins to take up space in her abdomen - it is important to feed little and often to maintain intake and prevent any digestive upset.
- During the last 3 months of pregnancy, the mare gains 65% of its birth weight and over 40% of its skeletal structure.
Calcium, magnesium and phosphorous levels are very important at this stage - feeding Suregrow and Mare and Youngstock Concentrate will provide your mare with all her vitamin and mineral requirements.
- Contact your Vet or Nutritional Advisor for more detailed information on how much to feed your mare
- During the first 3 months of lactation your mare can produce as much as 2-3% of her bodyweight in milk everyday.
- It is important that you supply the mare with sufficient calories and quality protein to support this milk production, as well as a well-balanced supply of vitamins and minerals.
- You can continue to feed, mare and Youngstock Cubes alongside Suregrow.
- It is important to monitor her bodyweight throughout lactation - if your grazing is good and she begins to gain body condition then you may need to reduce the amount of Mare and Youngstock Cubes that she receives.
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