importance of colostrum

A foal must receive colostrum within the first six hours of life in order to absorb antibodies.

If the foal is too weak to nurse, it may be necessary to milk the mare and call your vet to stomach tube the foal with colostrum.

For orphan foals, or mares without an adequate supply of colostrum, it is very important to locate a back up supply of colostrum.

Your veterinary surgeon can test the colostrum to determine whether it is rich in antibodies. Also, the foal's blood serum can be tested at 18-24 hours of age to evaluate IgG antibody levels.

If IgG is inadequate, your vet should institute treatment for failure of passive transfer (FPT).

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