Weaning Time

 

Whether you have just the one Mare and Foal or a whole Stud full, weaning time can still be as stressful! The key to successful weaning is preparation, you cannot completely prevent the odd hiccup but with a good preparation strategy in place you can minimize the chances of either the mare or foal or getting too stressed therefore preventing any problems occurring due to weaning such as stress related ulcers or recurrent respiratory problems.

 

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” (Benjamin Franklin)

When it comes to weaning you want to ensure that throughout the foal maintains an even growth rate. To ensure this happens you have to make sure the foals digestive system has reached a sufficient degree of maturity and is capable of digesting required amounts of foal creep and grass not just milk; you may have seen the foal sharing its mothers hard feed and eating grass however you must be sure it has an established use of the hind gut! Prior to this most of the digestion takes place in the small intestines.

It is very important once weaning has commenced that the foal stills receives adequate fibre intake as lack of fibre has been associated with stereotypical behavior such as weaving, crib biting and wind sucking, all of which can be triggered by the stress of weaning and by stressful situations later in life.

Note; As much as you need to ensure the foal has adapted to eating hard feed and is receiving suitable quantities you also need to be cautious that you don’t overdo it, as this can lead to digestive and joint problems, like adult horses it can be as damaging over-feeding as it is under-feeding.

 

When is the right time to Wean?

It is much easier to wean your foal based on age rather than weight, however there are studies to show that thoroughbred foals should be weaned determined by weight rather than age! A lot of this decision comes down to personal preference and your own personal situation. Most people wean from six months onward; it can be done from 4 months if there are health specific problems however when weaning a foal under the age of 5 months is difficult without seeing a changes in their growth rate, which can hinder them in later life if not addressed.

Before going ahead with weaning you need to ensure that the foal has been eating appropriate amounts of foal creep rations for at least a month; obviously you can feed the foal with the mare but it gives little to no control over what each one is eating, the best way to monitor this is by using a foal creep feeding system. This pen is designed to allow access to the foal only meaning the mare cannot finish up the foals grub.

 

Separation

Making sure the foal has suitable company when it comes to weaning is vital, horses are herd animals making it very inappropriate for the foal to be kept on its own. Using an older mare or even a very quiet gelding to nanny the foal is often a good solution, alternatively some people choose to run their mares and foals in a herd and slowly remove the mares one by one allowing time in between for the herd to readjust, by doing it this way you often see the foals start to rely on each other instead of their mother. Also keeping young horses together is often a good way to keep the foals entertained, older horses may not be as inclined to want to play with the highly spirited youngsters.

Once you have weaned your foal it is a good idea to ensure the mare is completely out of ear shot as this will encourage her milk to dry up quicker therefore reducing the risks of mastitis.

Another important point is to always ensure the fencing is very secure when it comes to weaning as the last thing you need is an escapee trying to get back to mum or any injury’s occurring due to an upset foal!

 

At the end of the day you have to always bear in mind animals are much like humans in that they are all different and all react to situations differently, you never know exactly how it will pan out when you begin the weaning process, some foals adapt very quickly especially if they buddy up to their companion well, others do spend a couple of days frantically searching for the mare, however if you do your best to keep both parties as relaxed as possible and plan ahead it is sure to pay off in the long run!

 

Good Luck & Happy Weaning

 


 

 

Udderly Update!

 

Udderly Update

 

Milking has never been so EZ!

 

So after a busy and very successful year promoting and selling the Udderly Products we have been looking into our sales and marketing techniques to see how we can make them even better for next year as they are proving to be an invaluable product on the farm, small holding and at local studs. With its quick and easy set-up and very simple design anyone can use it, with the Milker doing all the work for you those with arthritis and other health issues due to years of manual labour have also had great results.

We have had endless amounts of positive feedback about the products and most people have come back for repeat purchases as they simply cannot be without it. It provides the key to preventing Mastitis as those producing too much milk for their offspring have been able to provide milk for others hence taking the pressure off the bulging udders and reducing the risk of infection from over production of milk. Plus it is great to know that nothing goes to waste. Also the ability to collect all of the colostrum has also been a godsend for a lot of hobby farmers; this is the kick start the young offspring need to give them the best building blocks to ensure they grow into strong individuals, as well as providing a huge amount of key nutrients and antibodies to ensure they can fight off disease and infection.

We are already planning and preparing for the next breeding season with new marketing campaigns and another huge order coming over from the States to ensure we can meet the increasing demand for this product, don't forget we sell not only the hand-held milking system but also the electric system for those with a more professional set-up. We remain to be the only stockist of this product within the UK but are looking to expand giving everyone the chance to get their hands on this evolutionary product from Wheeler Enterprise.

For more information about the Udderly Ez please do not hesitate to get in touch, we aim to answer all questions and queries as quickly as possible and provide the most up to date knowledge about all of the Udderly range!

 

 

 


 

Udderly EZ Equine

The UDDERLY EZ MILKER™ was designed and tested over a five year research and development period with input from leading industry Professionals, Flock masters, Herdsmen, Veterinarians and Breeding Farm Managers from around the world.

The Udderly EZ™ Mare, Pony, Donkey, Mini, Mule, Milker #EZ001 is the safest and most effective hand held, trigger-operated vacuum pump available. Ideal for the collection of colostrum and milking out mares that may have NI or to milk mares for extra milk needed during that time. A must to milk mares with mastitis and use as an aid in the prevention of mastitis at weaning time. The mares kit comes with one Pint and two 8 Oz bottles for the collection of colostrums. For unruly mares or other species it is advisable to use The Stableizer® to keep both the handler and the horse safe. The Udderly EZ carrying bag is handy to store your EZ Milker and extra bottles in.

Video: Udderly Ez Mare Milker and The Stableizer Clinic held at Iowa State Univ on 2/11/2013 Instructing studens on the procedure and usage to draw Colostrum from their mares for testing and building a colostrum bank in a safe inviroment, using The Stableizer. Conducted by Buck Wheeler with Peggy Miller-Auwerda, Associate Professor and Extension Horse Specialist.

Udderly EZ Goat Milker

The UDDERLY EZ MILKER™ was designed and tested over a five year research and development period with input from leading industry Professionals, Flock masters, Herdsmen, Veterinarians and Breeding Farm Managers from around the world.

The Udderly EZ ™ Goat & Nigerian Goat Milker #EZ002 is the safest and most effective hand held, trigger-operated vacuum pump available. Ideal for the collection of colostrum and the milking of Does and first time fresheners with smaller teats. Besides the two-extractor tube cylinders you have two extra silicone inserts that gives you a wider range for teat sizes. This Udderly EZ™ Kit comes with one Quart bottle and one Pint bottle, colostrum collection bottles are available also. As well as a handy carrying bag. The Udderly EZ is also a great aid in the treatment for and the prevention of mastitis and will greatly reduce the need for buying expensive dry milk replacer.

Udderly EZ Sheep Milker

he UDDERLY EZ MILKER™ was designed and tested over a five year research and development period with input from leading industry Professionals, Flock masters, Herdsmen, Veterinarians and Breeding Farm Managers from around the world.

The Udderly EZ ™ Sheep, Pygmy & Exotic Milker #EZ004 is the safest and most effective hand held, trigger-operated vacuum pump available. Ideal for the collection of colostrum and the milking of Ewes for extra milk to feed triplets or until you can draft a lamb onto another ewe. With the two extra silicone inserts you have four teat sizes to accommodate all the different size teats. The 8 oz colostrum bottles are ideal to draw the colostrum with or you can freeze right in the bottle and start your own colostrum bank. The EZ Milker is an excellent option for the treatment of mastitis and will greatly reduce the need for buying expensive dry milk replacer.

Ultimate EZ Electric Milker

Taylor Made Farm, the world class Thoroughbred boarding operation that raised Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, recently began using the Ultimate EZ electric milker. Their positive feedback has been tremendous! Watch this video and see what they have to say about The Ultimate EZ.

Mastitis

The Udderly EZ Milkers are a great remedy as an aid in the prevention and in the treatment of mastitis in your horse, goat, cow, sheep or other exotic. Check out this letter we received from a customer with a very serious mastitis issue:

"I want to thank you so much for the Udderly EZ and all of your help. I have worked with horses over 40 years and this year was my first experience with mastitis. A very nice mare was given to me because of her history of mastitis. As I understand the only foals to survive were placed on nurse mares. In searching on line I found the Udderly EZ site, watched the videos and bought the device. I also contacted the company for any additional advice as this was a very overwhelming situation. I was very impressed with the fact that you took the time to help me and offered additional information about your experiences with this situation.

My staff and I watched the video two or three times, by the time the foal arrived we were totally prepared. We milked the mare out on the bad teat every 3 to 4 hours around the clock and now on day 4 the filly is so strong she is nursing both teats and our assistance is no longer necessary.

I can't thank you enough. The Udderly EZ made my life so much easier -- the time and the ease of the milking process was more than cut in half. It was so simple all of my assistants could perform the task by their self and the mare was extremely relaxed and comfortable during the entire process."

Best regards,

Kim Hobson
President, Hawthorne Products, Inc.