Only just saved (perhaps ?) this one 36 hours after birth. The ewe was caring well for the lamb, and the times that I saw it feeding it was was suckling well ,tail wagging, and she was standing properly. This afternoon I noticed that the lamb looked rather thin and lethargic, so stood it up, and it went straight to the ewe .... and suckled a supernumerary (extra) teat that was in a better position and at a better height than the real teat. Both sides the same .
Caught ewe, checked supernumeraries for milk - none. Real teats not suckled either. We got the lamb onto the real teats, he suckled well, then poo-ed out merconium. Tried to tape the supernumeraries out of the way but it hasn't worked yet.
So todays lesson is watch out for supernumerary teats in sheep and cattle.