- Hagyard Pharmacy, LLC assists the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club in the operation of a Colostrum Bank, with proceeds benefiting the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH). Colostrum which is donated by farms is tested and then frozen for storage until needed. The colostrum is available to anyone who has a foal in need.
Members of the Farm Managers' Club may contribute colostrum to the bank, and then withdraw from the bank as needed. Non- members may purchase colostrum for $125 per pint from the bank, or may wish to donate colostrum to the bank. When the colostrum is tested and approved, the donor will receive a credit. If, at a later date, during the same foaling season, colostrum is needed, the credit is applied toward the purchase. The objective is to have enough colostrum in the bank for anyone in need. Proceeds from the cash sales of colostrum are donated CKRH.
Everyone benefits from this very worthwhile program: foals, farms, horsemen/women, and CKRH- all because of the efforts of the farms which contribute.
It is extremely important that colostrum is collected and stored properly. Please refer to the guidelines for helpful tips on collection. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Your donation or purchase of colostrum is greatly appreciated!
General Guidelines for Collecting Colostrum
Containers to be used:
The Colostrum Bank supplies (free of charge) pint containers, with a 6cc syringe attached for the test sample.
- A blank label is affixed to the bottle. The label information must be completed by the donor farm in order to accurately identify the colostrum collected.
- Mares from Which To Collect: Collect colostrum from mares which are good milkers. Collect one side of the udder and leave the other side for the newborn foal. If the foal is weak or appears in distress, don't milk the mare.
- Mares "leaking, dripping, or losing" colostrum over 1-2 hours before foaling should be milked and the colostrum refrigerated until the mare foals. The foal should be given the colostrum via tubing, bottle, or allowing it to drink from a bucket.
- Mares that lose a foal at birth: if you are in doubt about the quality of the mare's colostrum, ask your veterinarian.
Mares NOT To Be Collected:
- Maiden mares
- Poor milking mares
- Mares with a history of foaling problems
- NI-positive mares (RH negative)
- Wash the mare's udder with soap and warm water and rinse thoroughly before collecting the colostrum.
- Colostrum that has been frozen and kept frozen is good for two years after the date collected.
- Don't store colostrum in baggies or styrofoam containers as they puncture easily; instead use the plastic container and attached test syringe provided by the Bank.
- Milk enough to fill the 16 ounce container if possible. Label the bottle with the mare's name and collection date. Other helpful information includes the mare's foaling history (i.e. live foal-excellent milker) or (foal born dead-colostrum saved)
Helpful hint: try using a large Pyrex type measuring container- 32 ounce capacity. Milk directly into it. It is easier to hold, and shows you at once how much you have milked.