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Just like human babies, newborn foals are born with no immunity to disease. This puts foals at high risk of picking up organisms from other horses or the environment that could result in serious (sometimes even fatal) infections. Colostrum is the first milk that a newborn foal consumes and is rich in antibodies from its mother. These antibodies help protect the foal during the critical early period of life until the foal's immune system is ready to take over and the foal can receive vaccinations.

In this section, learn more about protecting your newborn foal's health, including:

  • What is colostrum
  • Why colostrum needs to be consumed in the first 24 hours of life
  • The importance of high-quality colostrum.


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