Essential oils could help fight antibiotic resistance

Essential oils could help fight antibiotic resistance

Daniel Korzeniewski | Dreamstime.com

Essential oils, other herbal feed additives could play key role in defeating antibiotic resistance

In a review to be published in June’s edition of Animal Feed Science and Technology, a group of researcher from Mexico and India conclude that essential oils and numerous other herbal extracts appear to hold promise as growth-promoting feed additives for cattle. Despite inconsistent results among the studies they reviewed, the majority indicate plant extracts have the capacity to boost bovine growth and productivity. In some cases, plant-based additives boosted milk production by as much as 15%, according to Abdel-Fattah Salem, one of the authors on the paper and a professor in the Department of Animal Nutrition at the Autonomous University of Mexico State.