Thursday, June 7, 2012

Update from the Clydesdale Nursery!


By Kitson

All photos courtesy of Budweiser Clydesdales
Back in March I blogged about all the beautiful bouncing baby Clydesdales being born at Warm Springs Ranch, the state-of-the-art breeding facility in Boonville, Missouri for the Budweiser Clydesdales. Update! The herd added 28 foals born this year. The last two babies were born Tuesday, delivered within minutes of each other by mares named Diane and Ashley and sired by the same stallion. Since they were nearly twins, the colts were named after the movie “Twins.” 

“We usually try to name our foals using the first letter of the mother’s name,” said John Soto, supervisor of Warm Springs Ranch. “This worked out perfectly. So now, Diane’s colt is named Danny, after Danny DeVito, and Ashley’s colt is named Arnold, after Arnold Schwarzenegger.” More than 100 Clydesdales live at Warm Springs, including those that appear on the traveling hitches and in some of the brand’s beloved television commercials.  

According to  http://www.clydesusa.com , a newborn Clydesdale can weigh 110-180 lbs. The broodmare may produce 100 pounds of milk daily, and the foal can gain up to four pounds a day for the first few months of life.

In total there were 28 Clydesdales foaled this spring at Warm Springs Ranch: 18 fillies and 10 colts.

“One night we had three foals born in an hour,” said John Sotosupervisor of Warm Springs Ranch. “Two weeks ago we had two foals born within 15 minutes of each other.”

2 comments:

  1. ...sounds like work to me. bg

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  2. yes, can you imagine being a Clydesdale midwife?

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