Essential oils may assist with livestock digestion

Kansas State University researchers have discovered that essential oils can play a role in livestock health. Essential oils are removed from plants and distilled into concentrated forms that support immunity. For instance, substances that are in lemon oil, and thyme oil, help combat a harmful bacteria in cattle stomachs. Researchers found that limonene, which is found in lemon oil, was more effective than a commonly used antibiotic and feed additive used to slow bacteria growth and the incidence of liver abscesses in cattle.

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