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What is teat clipping in dairy calves and goats?

Article ID: 367
Last updated: 25 Nov, 2009
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Dairy calves and dairy goat kids may be born with extra teats on the udder, called supernumerary teats. These extra teats are non-functional and not harmful but may leak during milking or, occasionally, become infected. In the dairy industry, supernumerary teats are usually removed.

The RSPCA believes that the clipping/removal of supernumerary teats of dairy calves and kids for aesthetic reasons only must not be performed.

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