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Heavily infested by insects.
The young of animals.
To incubate eggs or cover the young for warmth.
An animal kept for breeding.



the young members of a family of birds or mammals (hatchlings, litters). Sometimes the term also refers to the offspring and both parents or one (in polygamous species). The number of young animals in the brood or litter varies greatly from species to species, depending upon their fertility; for example, birds can have from one to 24 hatchlings, and mammals can have from one to 20 young. Even within one species the number of young can vary; in particular, it depends upon the climatic conditions of the year and other such factors.

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Billy Moran said: "After losing two 20year-old foundation mares several years ago we decided to keep Arlington Park as a new young brood mare because she had the correct confirmation, good bone and limbs, depth and a tremendous power walk as well as being very light in her movements.
Standing reserve in the supreme was Drogeda She's A Lady, a 10-year-old brood mare owned by RD & DL Allen.
Horsewoman Liana Ballingall says her prize brood mare Ribhinn was written off by vets after one of her hips became crippled by an old injury and arthritis set in.
She was bought as a brood mare prospect, being by Darshaan out of a Sir Ivor mare," said O'Brien.
Supreme from the horse and pony classes was Judith Reed's home-bred Section A brood mare, the six-year -old dark grey Haverford Ivy, shown with her pretty filly foal.
Heading the Welsh breeds in the horse section was the Section C leader, Gweunydd Brenhines, a four-year-old brood mare bred by Dafydd Davies and shown by wife Glenna, of Penrallt, Nant y Rhiw.
Kate Middleton is like Diana before her - a brood mare for the Windsors.
He was a council member of the society and served as chairman of their Brood Mare Committee until 2004, but continued to grade mares until 2009 and to act as an inspection judge for Thoroughbred Stallions on behalf of the Society.
The mother is a brood mare who gave birth to six other children before undergoing fertility treatment.
The brood mare was mutilated in a field in the Dunipace area of Stirlingshire.
She did lunge at the first but once she got into a rhythm she was great - and she will make a lovely brood mare.
He bought her to breed from, and she should make a lovely brood mare.