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Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:58 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
I was told by a very old vet many, many years ago that you should NOT cut extra teats off a heifer if she is PREGNANT. Prior to breeding is fine. Any of you ever hear this? I missed getting them off a heifer and she is a few months pregnant. Yes, I know they aren't a problem to leave on, but she is a show heifer and judges frown at extra teats.

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:52 am
by farmerjan
I don't know if there is a correlation, but when I first worked on a dairy in Conn. the vet there would not cut the extra teats off the heifers that were pregnant either. They usually did them early on when they bangs vacc. the heifers at about 4-6 months. With the dairy heifers, you would sometimes find that they actually had some milk in them when they freshened, but that they only had 4 quarters so we would not milk them and they would just shrink up. I don't remember the farmer ever cutting them off when they were older.

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:02 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
Yes, I was told that if you cut them after breeding, they would "leak" when they came into production. "Old" ways usually have a reason.

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:07 am
by Nesikep
I had one with an extra teat that was frostbitten, only noticed it at calving time, and of course that's the teat the calf wanted.. it was split and black, so I soaked it with iodine and banded it and next time I looked (a couple weeks later) there was no trace of it.

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:10 pm
by GAonmymind
Would not have thought of that. Thanks Nesi!

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:50 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
I have to "assume" you didn't have any problem with it leaking later on. Thanks

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:59 pm
by Nesikep
The calf has kept her sucked right dry.. so no leakage

Here's what I was dealing with
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Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:50 pm
by Aaron
Sorta remember there being a term for heifers with extra teats...


That's right, CULLS.

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:56 pm
by Workinonit Farm
Nesikep wrote:
Here's what I was dealing with
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:shock: :yuck: I've not had any cows, that had extra teats like that! I have 1 that has a little nub ('extra teat') at he rear of a rear 1/4. It is nonfunctional.

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:03 pm
by Nesikep
Aaron wrote:Sorta remember there being a term for heifers with extra teats...


That's right, CULLS.

wouldn't have any cows at all here then.. though it is improving.. Gotta remember, we started off with herefords though.. and a lot of miserable bags :P

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:04 pm
by Nesikep
Mega had 2 extra teats, and they worked... The cow pictured above is a cull anyhow this fall, she totally fell apart and looks worse than some 15 year olds
Oh, the term for extra teats is "Supernumary"

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:08 pm
by ClinchValley
We have quite a few extra's as well. To be honest, I didn't know it was a big deal. Does it affect price pretty good?

Re: Cutting teats

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:37 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
No, it is just "cosmetic". I have never heard of anyone culling for extra teats.