Milk production

The requirement for energy during lactation is determined by the rate of milk production and the composition of the milk. Smaller breeds usually have a higher rate of milk production relative to body weight than larger horses. This is provided for in the program.

Milk production in mares per 100 kg of body weight

Body weight

1st month

2nd month

3rd month

Less than 200 kg

3.0

3.5

3.0

More than 200 kg

2.5

3.0

2.5

Energy requirements for milk production, MJ per 100 kg body weight

 

Month of lactation

Body weight

1

2-3

4-5

Less than 200 kg

12.9MJ

13.0MJ

10.6MJ

More than 200 kg

10.8MJ

11.2MJ

8.9MJ