Friday, December 15, 2017

Monitor Broodmare Health for Breeding Success

Did you know that within days of conception, the embryo foal already has a functional circulatory system and organ systems before it even leaves the oviduct? That's from a report by Kentucky Equine Research, published on their website in November. Here's an excerpt:

Fetal foals gain about 1 lb (0.45 kg) a day during the last 90 days of gestation. Sure, that’s impressive, but consider for a moment that in a split second, a single sperm fertilizes a single egg to produce a single cell with a complete set of DNA. That one cell immediately begins dividing, forming a multi-celled embryo with a functional circulatory system, rudimentary organ systems, and placenta before even leaving the oviduct and entering the uterus.

To read the full article on the KER website, click here.

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