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Gestation length and occurrence of daytime foaling of Standardbred mares on two stud farms in New Zealand.

Authors
  • Dicken, M
  • Gee, E K
  • Rogers, C W
  • Mayhew, I G
Type
Published Article
Journal
New Zealand veterinary journal
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
60
Issue
1
Pages
42–46
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2011.632340
PMID: 22175428
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Mean gestation length of mares in this study was longer than that previously reported from other countries. Longer gestation length decreases the time available for these mares to get back into foal in the same season. It is important that managers take this into account and ensure optimum conditions for conception; breeding at the first postpartum oestrus may be essential. There were more mares foaling in daylight hours on one stud than has previously been reported. Under these conditions mares should be monitored for foaling during daytime as well as at night.

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