Mare Milker Kit includes:
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The UDDERLY EZ MILKER™ was designed and tested over a five year research and development period with input from leading industry Professionals, Flock masters, Herdsmen, Veterinarians and Breeding Farm Managers from around the world.
The Udderly EZ™ Mare, Pony, Donkey, Mini, Mule, Milker #EZ001 is the safest and most effective hand held, trigger-operated vacuum pump available. Ideal for the collection of colostrum and milking out mares that may have NI or to milk mares for extra milk needed during that time. A must to milk mares with mastitis and use as an aid in the prevention of mastitis at weaning time. The mares kit comes with one Pint and two 8 Oz bottles for the collection of colostrums. For unruly mares or other species it is advisable to use The Stableizer® to keep both the handler and the horse safe. The Udderly EZ carrying bag is handy to store your EZ Milker and extra bottles in.
The Udderly EZ™ Mare Milker is a hand-held trigger operated vacuum pump used for the extraction of colostrum, the milking out of mares and other species that have mastitis, or for milking mares whose foals have inherited a different blood type than that of the mare and are at risk for NI (neonatal isoerythrolysis). Just a few pulls on the trigger, creates a vacuum in the bottle and the colostrum or milk flow starts—filling the bottle. The extraction cylinders have been designed to fit the unique shape of the mare’s and other species udders. There are two sizes and they have a rolled smooth surface to prevent harm to the soft tissue of the udder. Each kit is packed complete for each specie.
The electric pump is also available in 230 Volt for foreign use.
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Every year at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., some 12 dozen Thoroughbred foals are born, filling the farm’s brilliant green pastures with spindly-legged Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The 1,700-acre farm has staff on hand round-the-clock to monitor all the births, and most of them go off without a hitch.
There’s a lot that could go wrong, though, which is why the start of the year brings a stretch of sleepless nights for some of the farm’s managers. Usually a manager’s focus is getting the mare through the birth safely, and getting the foal up and nursing relatively soon. The mare’s first milk, called colostrum, is rich not just in nutrients but in antibodies that will give the foal’s immune system a jumpstart and start his growth off right. In rare instances though, that first milk could actually prove fatal. The Ramsey Farm, like other large breeding operations, sees occasional instances of neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI), a disease in which the foal’s blood type does not match up with his dam’s. The antibodies in the colostrum end up fighting against the NI foal’s red blood cells, which they identify as imposters. During pregnancy, the foal is protected by the placenta, so foals are usually born without complications or obvious problems. If an NI foal gets a gulp of colostrum, he will begin showing signs of depression, decreased appetite, jaundice, anemia, and sometimes even death.
Fortunately, early identification helps the Ramsey Farm team manage NI foals differently. After a few days, a mare’s milk will lose those antibodies, so affected foals need to be prevented from nursing and given another mare’s colostrum instead. That leaves a nightwatchman or groom with the task of milking out the mare every few hours, however, and that isn’t always easy—until now.
Longtime Ramsey Farm manager Mark Partridge has been testing out the Ultimate EZ electric pump milker on mares this foaling season, and has found it an easy solution both for his staff and his horses. The milker, made by EZ Animal products, has been used by hobby dairyists on cows and goats, but comfortably fits mares, too. The machine works with light, adjustable suction vacuum to draw milk from two teats or just one at a time; gentle silicone inserts keep the device comfortable on the mare’s teats, which is important for horses who might be anxious with a little one underfoot.
“They’re all different,” said Partridge. “Some don’t care [about being milked], with some you can’t do it, and some, they might fuss a little bit but they’ll let you do it.”
The foals pay little attention to the machine, which is much quieter than other electronic milkers and has been specially adapted with a longer silicone air tubing, so the electric pump does not have to be in the stall with mare and foal.
Previously, the farm had used the Udderly EZ hand-powered pump milker made by the same company, though Partridge likes that the new model does the work in half the time. It’s also gentle enough to be used on mares with mastitis, a painful udder infection. (Mastitis cases need to be milked out to help remove infected milk from the udder, but are usually very sensitive to touch. The milker doesn’t create any friction on the teats or bag.)
In his experience, NI foals are usually cleared to begin nursing after a day or so and go on to lead normal lives as future racehorses. Colostrum collected from the mare during that time is stored (with the mare’s blood type noted) for use with orphaned or sick foals who are compatible with a compatible blood type. Ramsey Farm also contributes to local colostrum banks, milking non-maidens when possible.
Partridge says it only makes sense that Ramsey Farm try out this new machine, which is entering its second year on the market. The farm’s philosophy is a mixture of hardboot horsemanship with cutting-edge innovation.
In the ‘traditional’ column, the farm removed all its pipeline for city water about six or seven years ago and draws its water from the springs on the property—which is an approach the horses seem to thrive on. Besides its trademark water, Ramsey Farm prides itself on raising horses with minimal time indoors, with the idea that exercise and bluegrass build stronger, happier horses, many of whom run under the farm’s red and white colors, rather than going through public auction.
It’s an approach that’s worked: Farm owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey picked up $10.4 million in earnings as owners in 2014, and $10.1 million as breeders, earning them coveted Eclipse Awards in both roles twice (plus an additional three Eclipses as leading owner).
The innovation comes in the farm’s well-known “spa,” originally engineered for prize stallion Kitten’s Joy. These days, all Ramsey horses enjoy trips to the farm’s very own aquatred exercise pool and a vibration plate under a panel of heat lamps.
“We do like to try out anything new that’s coming along. People say I like having new toys,” Partridge laughed. “We try to mix old school with new technology.’
Endorsement from Dr. Norman Umphenour DVM Lexington, Ky.
First tested the prototype of the Udderly EZ Milker® using it on a large number of mares during the 2005 foaling season as (resident veterinarian at Ashford Stud, Versailles, Kentucky.) “It worked very well, and we used it in all subsequent foaling seasons since. You just have to learn how to use it properly We take about a pint of colostrum from each mare when she foals, and label it with the mare’s name date and the strength of the colostrum.
We have a colostrum meter to check every batch to see if it is good. The thing I like about the UEZ Milker® is that it works very well when trying to get a little colostrum from a maiden mare—or any mare for that matter—because it doesn’t make their teats sore. The old way, we used to try to milk with thumb and finger, and in trying to get the milk it often irritates the teat from the friction. But with the UEZ Pump, you just slip it over the teat, and with the suction there is no irritation to the teat.” Says Umphenour.
“If you have a mare that’s NI positive (milk with antibodies fatal to the foal) and you want to milk her out, this gives you an easy way to do it—to get rid of the colostrum that contains the harmful antibodies and to hasten the production of regular milk, up to 36 hours at least.” Says Umphenour. (The foal must be muzzled during this period)
“In addition, one person can milk out a mare this way, without needing the extra person in the stall to hold the mare. You can use The Stableizer®(humane equine restraint and training system), putting it on the mare’s head to get her to relax, and then milk her with the Udderly EZ™ pump. One person can milk a mare this way in a much safer manner and The Stableizer® tends to have a tranquilizing effect on the mare, causing her to relax and let her milk down” says Umphenour.
If your mare starts leaking colostrum days before foaling you need to shut off the flow! Use our specially designed Leaker Seal Teat Tape.
Fast and safe delivery of the antibodies in colostrum can put a new foal on a healthy track by Heather Smith Thomas