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post #1 of 7 Old 03-03-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Calf Manna for Pregnant Mares?

I was at Tractor Supply Co. today and I was going to get some beet pulp for our pregnant mares. I was discussing with an employee about whether I should get beet pulp shreds or pellets when a lady walked up and started talking to me about it. She told me she is giving her pregnant mare beet pulp because she is underweight and since my mares are not, she said I should just give them Calf Manna to give the foals extra nutrients. She said she was a vet and said she always gives her mares and recommends Calf Manna. I was hoping to get more info about this, considering I hadn't even heard of it before today! I went ahead and bought it, but I haven't used it yet. Is this really good for pregnant mares and their foals?
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I used it many years ago and had good luck with it.
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I used it many years ago and had good luck with it.
How much did you give them? The bag says 1-2 lbs per mare, but should I give them a smaller amount and build up to that?

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1-2 pounds should be ok right away. You could start off at one pound and increase to two just to be sure. They used to give you a little measuring thing in the bag that held one pound.
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1-2 pounds should be ok right away. You could start off at one pound and increase to two just to be sure. They used to give you a little measuring thing in the bag that held one pound.
Okay, will do! Thanks so much for your help! :)
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I have fed Calf manna & beet pulp mix to my horses of all ages. They do well on it. They don't give that little scoop in bag anymore. I start by weighing it out on scale to know how much my measuring cup gives then always use that same cup for serving it. your feeding only small amt per day compared to alot of feeds.It is more a top dressing feed of vitamins/mineral.
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Calf Manna has significantly higher protein than Beet Pulp. 25% vs about 8% they are completely different in several ways. For broodmares, you need to balance their diet based on the nutrients in your hay. The calcium/phosphorus ratio needs to be observed as their needs for those minerals increase. They also need to be provided different levels of lysine, copper, zinc throughout the stages of gestation and lactation.

The only way to be sure what your mare needs is to have a hay test and take that information to complete your feeding.
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