One of my ewes have 4 teats

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I was feeling to see if my pregnant ewes might have bagged up yet and was noticing that my one icelandic ewe has 4 teats. Is this normal? The second pair doesn't seem very functional because they are smaller than the other ones.
 

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I had a ewe who had 4 teats, one pair smaller than the other, and both pairs worked well!
 

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I had a ewe who had 4 teats, one pair smaller than the other, and both pairs worked well!
VERY unusual......did her ewe offspring have the same?

It reminds me of those pictures of women with 4 breasts, or the folk with extra nipples. Let's not go there!
 

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One of my ewes has four teats, two of which look like non-functional miniatures. I do not know whether the smaller pair give milk. I'm not bothered by it, and don't feel that it is a problem. Some googling revealed this article from a University of Illinois website about a breeding experiment performed by Alexander Graham Bell in selecting for extra teats in the hopes of increasing ewe fertility and lambs produced: http://livestocktrail.illinois.edu/sheepnet/paperDisplay.cfm?ContentID=6721
 

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Virginia is for Pasture Farmers!
It happens, producers cull them usually .

My BFL×Cheviot has 4, 2 normal and 2 tiny. Also have a Babydoll with 4.

You can see them early on if you look close and carefully.
 
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