13 Mar Cut down your losses during respiratory outbreaks– Another case of success with essential oils
Cold season is a terrible moment for broiler farms in our home market. Occurrence of respiratory diseases is high and mortality can rise to more than 10%.
Recently, we achieved another success by demonstrating the positive effects of essential oils in a farm with a history of severe respiratory diseases.
PURPOSE OF THE TRIAL
The purpose of the trial was to evaluate the effect of essential oils on productivity, mainly weight gain and cumulative mortality. Feed intake was not recorded due to the technical particularities of the farm.
Three houses, with 19000 birds/each, were used as trial groups and were administered essential oils. Two houses, with 19000 birds/each, were used as control groups.
All the other variables (management, health and feed programs, etc) were the same for all the houses.
After day 27th, mortality in all the houses started to rise. Several microorganisms were involved in the cause of the disease. Broilers were slaughtered at day 39th.
% Cumulative mortality
At slaughter, average mortality of trial groups is 2.07 points less than control groups.
Weight at slaughter
At slaughter, average weight of trial groups is 1.76% better than average weight of control groups.
We calculated the total weight of live broiler (meat) produced on average in trial and control houses, considering cumulative mortality and weight/bird at slaughter.
The use of essential oils produced additional benefits of 0.10 USD/bird.
The return on investment was 4.6. (payback ratio for the use of the product).
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Products of choice
PlusBreathe© contains essential oils with natural antiseptic, antioxidant, expectorant and mucolytic activity. It has a refreshing taste.
It is indicated to improve the functioning of the respiratory system and to mitigate heat stress in birds, ruminants, pigs and rabbits of all ages. It can also be nebulized in the farm environment.
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