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Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Four teats
« on: October 18, 2013, 05:11:02 pm »
Okay, so I discovered this week that (at least) one of my ewe-lambs has four teats ... is that bad / good / not important ?
I'm pretty sure her mother only has two, so I assume this trait came from the father's side...

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Four teats
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 05:14:05 pm »
It doesn't matter - she will only bag up and have two useable ones.


Unless she doesn't - and if so, I want one of your quad-raising sheep, please.  :)

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Four teats
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 05:17:27 pm »
 ;D  Groovey, in that case I will keep an eye on her come lambing in the spring, and I'll check all her sisters too in case they also have four! Ta.

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: Four teats
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2013, 06:05:05 pm »
There was a article in the farmers weekly a few months ago about someone who bred sheep with four teats so they could rear more than twins. It was a really interesting read.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Four teats
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 07:50:21 pm »
Having four teats is not a problem most will not be big enough to provide milk but the odd ewe can milk and be suckled on all four teats  . Was the article about the WHELDON ( not sure of the spelling ) sheep which were selected on  having 4 functioning quarters , ive tried to find information unsuccessfully in the past ,  before the war a german scientist was also breeding for the same trait but i assume they were eaten , a couple of breeders now are looking into selection i belive  .   You need to select rams with 4 teats

Ladygrey

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Basingstoke
Re: Four teats
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2013, 11:07:42 am »
I have two four teated ewes, they inherited them from their father, all 4 teats produce milk

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: Four teats
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2013, 12:54:17 pm »
Are they Shetland's, LadyGrey?

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Four teats
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2013, 01:51:11 pm »
I had a ram a couple of years ago that threw ewe lambs with two extra teats immediately next to the main ones.  Never seen it before or since.

Ladygrey

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Basingstoke
Re: Four teats
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2013, 02:50:15 pm »
Nope both are crosses, both have a ryeland dad and ones mum is a shetland ones mum is a Wiltshire horn

Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Four teats
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2013, 05:26:10 pm »
I have several Shetland x Ryeland with four teats.  Only seem to milk on  two.

Ladygrey

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Basingstoke
Re: Four teats
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2013, 06:07:34 pm »
The back two on mine seem to produce only as much milk as one of the front ones, so its really a three teated ewe

 

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