It goes without saying that a healthy mother increases the likely hood of a healthy foal. With this in mind, NOW is the time to ensure that breeding mares have sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. The development of the brain, eyes and neural tissue of the foal utilizes most of the mares Omega-3 supply, an essential fatty acid intrinsic to the development of quality proteins that is available in the mares body. Research has shown that adequate supply of Omega-3's during gestation leads to stronger tissue development, better defence mechanism against bacterial invasion and increased survivability of the foetus.

Flaxseed is the richest source of Omega-3's in the plant world. It contains both Omega-3 & Omega-6 in the correct ratios (4:1) as well as 3 essential amino acids (Lysine, Methionine & Threonine) and alpha linolenic acid (ALA), a proven natural 'anti-inflammatory'. Throughout pregnancy and during the first months of feeding, adding Champion Roasted Flaxseed, a 100% natural, ‘wholefood’ to the mares diet supports in utero development and produces richer colostrum (where natural fatty acids are directly transferred) to boost the immune system of the new born foal. Results from University of Florida and Kansas State University show that Omega-3 supplementation gives foals an advantage in early immune response to infections (Warren L 2003; King S. 2008). 

 

 

"We have been using Champion Roasted Flaxseed for 5 years on broodmares & sales stock and I believe it is an excellent product!" 

Jackie Norris of Jockey Hall Stud.

 

Maximising maternal nutrition (before, during and after gestation) when producing quality bloodstock makes sense to realise your investment. Wholefood supplementation of Omega-3 with Champion Roasted Flaxseed is both easy & smart. The highly palatable flaxseed is simply ‘top dressed’ on the mares daily feed. You will directly benefit from the results in 2021.

 

By Dr. Richard McCormick MVB, Dip. Eq. St., MRCVS