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  • The milk testing thread!

    I think I started this last year as well. How is everyones' milk testing and and prediction of foaling going? I have two mares that will be at 340 days 4/17. Testing today showed both of them at Ca of 150 and ph of 8.4. Milk is starting to cloud up but still somewhat salty.

    How is everyone else's going?
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    I have a mare that is 331 days, but her pH has been the same for DAYS. I'm sooooo anxious to have a new baby to play with!!
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    • #3
      330 and counting!

      My one mare is due 4/20, no milk yet. Two years ago she went 351 days, so this may follow the same timing. I also can't wait for the foal to be here, they are so cute, like tiny "hobby horses."
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        No change with mine. Last night Ca 150 and ph 8.4 for both mares. They are at 333 days. Tail still stiff. Not ready yet.
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        • #5
          My first mare is at 335 and she's barely started a bag so no milk yet to test here either. The last three foals were born around 346 -348 so I guess she's going to hold off a bit longer. Second mare is only at 280 so we still have a long ways with her.

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            My mare for a week read at 8.4. Brought her in for dinner around 7pm, and the test dropped from that 8.4 to somewhere right around 7.0(about 12 hours since last test). Test at 11pm was lower still. Foal was born 2:45am. Mare was 335 days, milk was skim looking. She only became uncomfortable, waxed etc right before foaling.

            The decline can happen quickly, if you see any changes be alert! Good Luck!
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              Originally posted by Meggs View Post
              My mare for a week read at 8.4. Brought her in for dinner around 7pm, and the test dropped from that 8.4 to somewhere right around 7.0(about 12 hours since last test). Test at 11pm was lower still. Foal was born 2:45am. Mare was 335 days, milk was skim looking. She only became uncomfortable, waxed etc right before foaling.

              The decline can happen quickly, if you see any changes be alert! Good Luck!
              Congrats! I am still at ph 8.4 and Ca of 100 to 150 tonight. We are at 335 days.
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                My mare went from 8.4 pH and 75 calcium last night to 7.2 pH and 200 calcium this evening. So, we are peeking in on her every 15 minutes...
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                  We had one that was at 8-8.5 for days. Day 349 she dropped to 6.5. Yesterday (day 350) she dropped to 6.25, but was just chowing down on hay, calm and cool as ever, no wax. Munching hay at 11:00pm night check so we went to bed instead of staying out for foal watch. Glanced at baby monitor camera at 1:00 am this morning (day 351) and baby was on the ground (and mom was back to eating hay)

                  2nd mare is at day 335, but has no milk yet to test.
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                    One of my mares has had a pretty decent bag and small amounts of wax everyday for a week now. Ph has still been at 8.4 Cal around 200 for the past two days. She is a 323, foaled at 328 two years ago and 330 3 years ago. So I am expecting it to change soon and have a baby within the next week? Maybe? She is so big and uncomfortable!

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                      Well, my milk testing didn't work for s**t this time. Last night she was at Ca100 and ph 8.4. Stiff tail and no significant relaxation of vulva.

                      Got a call from our groom about 6:45 this AM...she was down and feet were coming out. By the time we got to the barn head and shoulders were out. It is a colt. Will post photos soon.
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                        Photos of our new colt...

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                          No luck with my milk testing this year. Previously, it worked to a tee...always spent one night in barn and then had my baby. But, this year...my one mare had a ph of 8.4 and Ca of about 150 at 5pm...then delivered her colt at about 6:50 the next morning. My other mare went along with Ca about 150 and ph 8.4 for about 10 days. Then dropped to ph 7.2 and Ca 1000 Saturday night. Slept in barn Saturday night...no baby. Yesterday Ca had dropped to somewhere over 400 and ph 7.2...no baby last night. This morning ph 6.4 and Ca somewhat over 400. Milk is sweet and creamy. Should be any day, right?
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                            Have a maiden mare at 338 today. White white milk and has been for 4 days. Tests high on several different test stripes.... over 1000ppm but the pH is still high as well. This morning the Ca had dropped to 450ppm but not the ph. Repeated test...same thing! ...what is up with that?
                            Udder is so tight I think she will just explode poor thing.
                            My taste test says not yet as the milk is not truly 'sweet'.
                            Yes Ellen Apsen your mare is playing with you as well...LOL
                            If the milk is sweet and creamy...it "should" be very soon. Note I said should!
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                              Worked great for me this year. Milk tested at 6.25 for one night, and the next night dropped to 6 and the mares foaled.
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