Poultry farmers in Kenya can now combat coccidiosis, a devastating poultry disease, using the oregano plant. A study by Meriden Animal Health revealed the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of oregano oil, effectively repelling coccidiosis. This breakthrough offers hope to poultry farmers globally who face significant financial losses due to the disease.
The Menace of Coccidiosis
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), coccidiosis costs poultry farmers worldwide up to $800 million annually, with prevention alone accounting for $300 million. This gastrointestinal disease poses a major threat to poultry health and productivity, emphasizing the importance of prevention and treatment.
The Power of Oregano
Oregano, commonly used by Kenyan farmers to accelerate fruit ripening, has been found to possess antibiotic growth promoters and coccidiostats. A study published on worldpoultry.net highlights the efficacy of oregano in repelling coccidiosis. Oregano oil’s active components eliminate harmful microorganisms within the poultry gut, including gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
Health Benefits and Application
Oregano leaves, a natural feed additive, contain exclusive oregano essential oil that can be incorporated into poultry feed or water. Apart from enhancing feed flavor, this oil offers health benefits due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. When administered to chickens, the oregano solution improves Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and prevents gastrointestinal pathogen invasion, a common cause of gastrointestinal issues.
Preparing the Oregano Solution
To create an effective oregano leaves solution, farmers should pound fresh leaves, add water, and let it settle for at least six hours. A mixture of 500g of pounded oregano leaves and half a liter of water yields the desired solution.
Affordability and Accessibility
Many rural poultry farmers in Kenya rely on herbal remedies for poultry diseases due to the high cost of vaccines. The use of oregano as a preventive measure against coccidiosis provides an accessible and cost-effective alternative, relieving farmers from the financial burden caused by the disease.
Oregano’s efficacy in preventing and treating coccidiosis brings a promising solution for poultry farmers worldwide. Its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, combined with its availability and affordability, make it a valuable tool in combating this devastating poultry disease. By leveraging the power of oregano, farmers can mitigate losses and enhance the overall health and productivity of their poultry.