Oregano essential oil as food additive for piglets: antimicrobial and antioxidant potential
João Dionísio Henn 1, Teresinha Marisa Bertol 2, Neusa Fernandes de Moura 1, Arlei Coldebella 2, Paulo Antônio Rabenschlag de Brum 2, Maurício Casagrande 1. / 1 Universidade Comunitária Regional de Chapecó, UNOCHAPECÓ. Centro de Ciências Agro-Ambientais e de Alimentos, CCAA. Av. Sen. Atílio Fontana, 591, Chapecó, SC; 2 Embrapa Suínos e Aves. BR 153, km 110, Distrito de Tamanduá.
IntroductionIn nutritional programs for swine, antibiotic and anti-microbial additives that act as growth promoters have been used in sub-therapeutic and constant doses ever since the 1950s. In post -weaning, these additives promote an average increase of 16.4% in weight gain and 6.9% in feed efficiency (Cromwell, 1991). However, despite of the evidenced ability on improving the growth performance...