Research, information, usage and dosage of essential oils in holistic animal care.
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- OrganizerNovember 29, 2023 at 5:47 pm
Effects of essential oils on economically important characteristics of ruminant species: a comprehensive review
Essential oils derived from plants can provide biological impacts to livestock species. Scientific studies researching essential oils in livestock have investigated various essential oils for prevention and treatment of microbial infection and parasites as well as to enhance milk production, animal performance and rumen function. Despite the availability of several commercial products containing essential oils to promote animal health and production, the vast amount of essential oils, modes of application, and effective concentrations of the essential oils suggest there are more opportunities for essential oils to be utilized in commercial livestock production and veterinary medicine. The objective of this review is to contribute to the understanding of the value that essential oils can provide to the ruminant diet and to examine the biological impact of various essential oils on economically important production traits of ruminant species.