Learn how you can use this common herb to treat common poultry and livestock ailments.
by Zac Sarian
Livestock and poultry raisers, especially the smallholders, can resort to fermented oregano juice to treat or prevent common ailments of farm animals like cattle, pigs, and chickens.
Dr. Estela C. Taño, a senior researcher at the Tiaong Experiment Station of the Department of Agriculture in Tiaong, Quezon, has a very simple formula for making the fermented juice.
Here is how. Harvest healthy oregano leaves. Chop them into small pieces. After that, add one kilo of molasses or muscovado sugar for every three kilos of leaves. Put the mixture in an earthen jar or plastic container and seal tightly.
Store this in a cool dry place. After two weeks, harvest the liquid and use it for treating sick animals.
Cattle with fevers might be drenched through the mouth with half a liter of the fermented juice. Chickens suffering from colds can be treated by means of applying the juice with a dropper through the mouth. As a preventive measure, the fermented juice may be added to the drinking water of chickens.
When we interviewed Dr. Taño, she said she was not commercially producing oregano juice for poultry. However, she said that one contract grower of broilers has been ordering fermented juice from her for his poultry operation. A gallon of the fermented juice sells for ₱1,500. So if one is enterprising, one can commercially produce fermented oregano juice for sale to livestock and poultry raisers by following the formula of Dr. Taño.
This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s February 2017 issue.