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Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 897065, 3 pages
Case Report

Congenital Absence of a Teat in a Japanese Black Heifer

1Laboratory of Animal Science, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, 1-5-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8529, Japan
2Department of Theriogenology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt
3Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Ueda 3-18-8, Morioka 020-8550, Japan
4Oasa-Takamachi 25-12, Ebetsu, Hokkaido 069-0853, Japan
5Field Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University, Niigata 950-2181, Japan

Received 4 August 2011; Accepted 20 September 2011

Academic Editors: M. Bugno-Poniewierska, N.-Y. Park, and R. D. L. Santos

Copyright © 2011 Mohamed Elshabrawy Ghanem et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A case of Japanese Black heifer with a congenital absence of teat (athelia) was observed at Highashi-Hiroshima Agricultural High School, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The heifer was born after transfer of embryo from Japanese Black cattle. The sire of the heifer was a proven Japanese Black. The birth weight of the heifer was 27 kg. On physical examination of the heifer at 21 months after birth, the teat at fore left was absent and the remaining three teats were normal in shape without any physical abnormalities. Per rectal palpation of the genital organs revealed the normal cervix and uterine horns. It was difficult to palpate the ovaries due to the fat around the organs. Blood samples were taken for cytogenetic and DNA testing. The heifer had normal chromosomal set. The heifer was culled due to its mammary abnormality. This might be the first to report a case of congenital absence of a teat in Japanese Black heifers.