Effect of dietary supplementation with preparation comprising the blend of essential oil from Origanum vulgare (lamiaceae) and Citrus spp. (citraceae) on coccidia invasion and lamb growth
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The objective of this research was to assess the effectiveness of dietary supplementation with oils extracted from Origanum vulgare (Lamiaceae) and Citrus spp. (Citraceae) against coccidia and to determine the impact on lamb growth in an indoor housing system. A total of 222 ewes and 276 lambs of the Polish Lowland Sheep breed maintained indoors under the same environmental conditions were included in the study. Four-month pregnant ewes were divided into three treatment groups following parasitological evaluation. Experimental diets were supplemented with containing vegetal extracts of O. vulgare and Citrus spp. During the study, parasitological analyses and assessments of lamb growth were conducted. In vivo evaluation of lamb muscularity and fatness was performed at 100 days of age. The inclusion of the preparation containing the essential oil blend of O. vulgare and Citrus spp. in the diet of sheep resulted in decreases in both the intensity and prevalence of coccidian infection within the flock as well had influence increases in lamb growth. Therefore, this dietary supplement may contribute to the improved profitability of sheep farming through increased production efficiency and the production of higher-quality meat.
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