Advanced Nutrition for Mares Results in Extraordinary Foals!

DeGraff Stables over the years has achieved astounding results that has been proven and substantiated with each crop of foals. We fully subscribe to their forage-first philosophy, mineral supplementation, and balanced-ration premium feed products. Sunshine, grass and the great outdoors also plays a big role.

When determining a mare’s individual feed program, we take into account, her age, weight and heritage. Ideally,An Older Mare is Closely Monitored During Lactation we monitor the mare’s so that they maintain a body score between “5” and “7”. This requires constant surveillance as the mare has changing needs through her 11-month pregnancy.

During the last trimester, we begin implementing a slowly rising plane of nutrition. Once she foals, as the average mare can produce up to 3% of her body weight in milk per day, and because of the substantial output, we again implement a rising plane of nutrition to support her increasing milk production.

We feed by weight, not volume, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation and our feedings are spaced throughout the day, 3 to 4 times per day, in small increments, including a 10pm feed. Lactating mares receive additional rations at noon daily.

Mares With Thoroughbred Heritage Usually Require Larger Rations

Convinced that vitamins and minerals are critical to proper embrionic development and further for development of the foal when born, all mares and foals additionally have free access to Vitamin-Protein-Mineral tubs as located in each paddock near their water source.

When you do your research about breeders offspring to consider for purchase, we look forward to your visit and showing you around the farm. We hope you will find confidence in our experience raising great foals so that your make that acquisition you are happy with.