Supernumerary Teat Removal Can Be Avoided in Dairy Sheep

Granja de Desarrollo Ovino A.G.M.

Carlos Palacios Department of Farm Building, Agronomy and Environmental Sciences, University of Salamanca, Spain

José-Alfonso Abecia Department of Animal Production and Food Science, Veterinary Faculty, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Data records: Granja de Desarrollo Ovino AGM, of Olmedo, Spain

JOURNAL OF APPLIEDANIMALWELFARE SCIENCE, 17:178–182, 2014
Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1088-8705 print/1532-7604 online
DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2014.884404

The aim of this work was to determine whether the removal of supernumerary teats from dairy sheep when they are born is a useful procedure in the farming routine. Ewes were divided into 3 groups according to the number of teats at milking: ewes who were born with 2 teats; ewes who were born with 4 teats and had the 2 supernumerary nipples cut just after birth; and ewes who were born with 4 teats and did not have nipple amputation performed.

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