Several years back, we mentioned in a previous article about the possibility of using oregano not as a culinary herb but as a cure for respiratory ailments of livestock and poultry or as a preventive measure so that healthy animals will not contract disease.
It is about time more people should know about the simple technique of making fermented oregano juice for use in farm animals such as 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.
The fermented juice is very easy to make. 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. Put this in a cool dry place. After two weeks, harvest the liquid and use it for treating sick animals.
A cattle with fever 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 is not commercially producing oregano juice for poultry. However, she said that one contract grower of broilers has been ordering from her for his poultry operation. A gallon of the fermented juice sells for P1,500. So if one is enterprising, he could commercially produce fermented oregano juice for sale to livestock and poultry raisers by following the formula of Dr. Taño.