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Treating clinical mastitis in dairy cows with essential oils

LEFEVRE, C. ; KAMMERER, M. ; LE GUENIC, M. ; ROUSSEL, P. ; ALBY, C. ; LINCLAU, O. ; CARTAUD, G. ; TAINTURIER, D. ; LARRAT, M. and BAREILLE, N. (2009) Treating clinical mastitis in dairy cows with essential oils. [Le traitement des mammites cliniques de la vache laitière par des huiles essentielles.] Carrefours de l'Innovation Agronomique, 4, pp. 79-83.

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Summary

Clinical mastitis is the main concern in dairy farming today, but there are very few drugs that are compatible with organic specifications. Our study was conducted in order to evaluate the therapeutic efficiency of the intramammary infusion of three essential oils, Thymus vulgaris, Rosmarinus verbenone and Laurus nobilis. Fifty-five cases of mastitis were treated with 10 ml of a mixture of the three oils (1.5% each in sunflower oil). Forty-five others were treated with 10 ml of a mixture of Thymus vulgaris and Rosmarinus verbenone (6% of each in sunflower oil or in water). The recovery rate was only 40%, which is deemed unsatisfactory.

Summary translation

Les essais réalisés sur le terrain ont permis le traitement de 100 mammites cliniques par injection intramammaire de 10 ml de préparation à base d’huiles essentielles. Une formulation à base d’huile de Thymus satureoides, Rosmarinus verbenone et Laurus nobilis (1,5% chacun dans de l’huile de tournesol) a été testée sur 55 mammites. Les 45 autres ont été traitées par Thymus vulgaris et Rosmarinus verbenone seulement (6% chacun, en solution huileuse ou en suspension aqueuse). Le taux de guérison, comparable quel que soit le médicament testé, est de l’ordre de 40 % des cas seulement.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic farming; aromatherapy; essential oil; mastitis; drug; dairy cow; antibiotic therapy.
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: France > IE - Institut de l’élevage
France > ENVT - Ecole nationale vétérinaire de Toulouse
Related Links:http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/dinabio/
Deposited By: PENVERN, Servane
ID Code:15468
Deposited On:27 Feb 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:French - Francais
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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