Obtaining Milk from the Mare

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Obtaining milk from the mare is primarily performed for assessment of pre-mammary electrolyte concentrations as a predictor of readiness for birth, to obtain samples for bacterial culture for mastitis, and to obtain milk/colostrum for feeding a foal unable to nurse on its own. Mammary fluid secretions may also be used for culture or cytology. Both hand milking and the use of a milk pump will be described. Milk collection is easiest if the mammary gland is gently massaged for a few minutes prior to performing the collection procedure to stimulate endogenous oxytocin release. This chapter discusses the step by step procedure for performing the hand milking technique and the milk pump technique with illustrations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquine Reproductive Procedures
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781118904398
ISBN (Print)9780470960394
StatePublished - Aug 25 2014


  • Hand milking technique
  • Mammary gland
  • Mare
  • Milk pump technique


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