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(FOAL) MILK REPLACER
Wombaroo Horse Milk Replacer is a highly digestible,
easily prepared milk substitute formulated to closely resemble the
nutrient composition of mare's milk. Wombaroo contains acceptable levels
of lineolenic acid, an essential fatty acid present in relatively high
concentration in mare's milk. Use Wombaroo for hand-rearing orphaned foals
or supplementing a foal until a foster mare is found.
HAND-REARING: Success in hand-rearing foals
greatly improves if they receive colostrum at birth. Use
Impact Colostrum Replacer
for foals that did not get colostrum from the mare. The foal should be
housed in a clean, draught-free environment and have access to a grazing
paddock and fresh drinking water. Warm Wombaroo to about 30° C. and
feed every 2 hours for the first week, reducing this to every 4 hours by
the end of the second week. After one month reduce feeding frequency to
every 6 hours. Foals may be initially fed from a bottle and teat, however
they quickly learn to drink from a bucket.
GROWTH: During the hand-rearing period body
weight should increase by about 1.5Kg per day, however it will be
difficult for most carers to monitor body weight so determine milk feed
volume by age. Proper nutrition is essential during this time as increases
in height are normally faster than increases in body weight and skeletal
deformities can occur if bone elongation is interfered with by excessive
weight gains. Overfeeding can cause diarrhoea, so large deviations from
the suggested feed volumes are not advised.
WEANING: When the foal is about two months old
it should begin to show interest in solid food. Introduce a commercial
starter feed into the diet and slowly reduce the volume of Wombaroo fed.
At this time the foal should be exercised in a paddock and have access to
both hay and pasture. Carers tend to wean foals quickly, but ideally they
should not be weaned before six months.
Consult your veterinarian for more advice.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Wombaroo Horse
Milk Replacer is a
powder available in a pack size to make 100 litres. It is also
available in a 20kg pack. If unopened the
powder remained stable for up to 18 months if stored below 30° C.
and protected from moisture.
To make one litre of milk add 115g of powder to 500ml
of warm pre-boiled water and mixed into a paste. Then make up to one litre
with warm pre-boiled water and mix thoroughly. Milk can be mixed using an
electric whisk. Prepared milk can be stored for 24 hours if refrigerated,
or up to two weeks if frozen. Milk that has been thawed should be well
mixed before use and not refrozen.
ECONOMY: At a little over $1.75 per litre Wombaroo
provides excellent nutrition at an economical price.