One Teat, Two Teats … A Third Teat?

Three (or More) Goat Teats Can Be Genetic. But Can They Be a Problem?

One Teat, Two Teats … A Third Teat?
Add to Favorites You weren’t expecting a third teat when you flipped over that new kid, were you? If they breed goats long enough, every person is going to see a third teat or other goat udder abnormality. Extra goat teats are called “supernumeraries.” Additional deviations include spur teats, split teats, fish teats, blind teats, and excess orifices. Where does this third teat come from? Most often, these are recessive traits that come with the territory of working through a lot of genetics. Some bloodlines are more prone to throwing them than others. Problems could also be environmental, occurring during first trimester if a doe is exposed to toxins. It is possible for the buck to pass toxins with his semen, if exposed to them during the six weeks before breeding the doe. Medications can also cause these problems, so avoid them where possible before breeding and during first trimester.

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