Mare's Milk Plus® powder should be mixed with cool tap water, ideally with a wire whisk. Mix as indicated below: (A plastic cup is enclosed in each bag to measure the powder.)
|Amount of Mare's Milk Plus™ to Feed Per Day
||Mare's Milk Plus™
*Use enclosed cup to measure this amount
Always keep mixing equipment and buckets scrupulously clean to avoid the risk of infection.
INTRODUCTION TO MILK:
After colostrum has been fed, introduce the foal to Mare's Milk Plus™. The foal may be fed from a plastic bowl, baby bottle, or lamb bottle.
If a nipple is used, make sure the opening is at least ½" wide. If the foal is not yet drinking from a bowl or bucket, now is a good time to teach the foal.
Foals will learn to drink quite readily if you place your finger in their mouth, when they start to suck, raise the bowl or shallow bucket containing the Mare's Milk Plus™ up to the foal's mouth. Slowly remove your finger from the foal's mouth while the foal is drinking. If the foal stops drinking, repeat the above steps until the foal is drinking by himself or herself. Always bring the milk up to the foal - Do not force the foal's head down into the bucket. Do not expect the foal to drink within one to three hours after removal from the mare.
When the foal drinks without assistance, the bucket can be hung from the stable wall at an appropriate height. The color of the bucket should contrast with the stall wall, for example; use a white bucket against a dark wall.
Start feeding your foal slowly, as would happen naturally. Begin by providing 1/2 the recommended volume from the table above on the first day and increase gradually over the next 10 days to the recommended amount.
To do this: divide the total volume by 10 and increase approximately that much per day until the suggested feeding rate is accomplished, For example, a foal from a 1000 lb mare should be fed 16 quarts of Mare's Milk Plus™. On day one offer 8 quarts of Mare's Milk Plus™. Increase consumption at a rate of 0.8 quarts per day (8 quarts to reach suggested feeding rate / 10 days = 0.8 quarts per day) until the 16 quarts are reached. (4 quarts = 1 gallon)
If the stools become loose, reduce the quantity of Mare's Milk Plus™ that you are providing, you are increasing the amount too fast. If diarrhea persists call your veterinarian.
FREQUENCY OF MIXING:
We recommend mixing a fresh supply of milk every 12 hours; however, Mare's Milk Plus™ can be mixed as a 24-hour supply. One half can be fed and the other half covered and stored in a cool place until the next feeding. Additionally, we recommend feeding every 12 hours to keep the milk clean and to observe the foal more often. For additional information, please ask for our technical bulletin "Raising the Orphan/Rejected Foal".