How hemp is making cattle less stressed – study

How hemp is making cattle less stressed – study
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New veterinary research suggests that feeding cattle industrial hemp seed may have additional health benefits – including making them less stressed. A new study by Kansas State University has found that feeding cattle industrial hemp may have a beneficial effect on their welfare, reducing stress and inflammation markers. Michael Kleinhenz, assistant professor of beef production medicine at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, worked with a team of researchers to examine the impact of cannabinoids in livestock which are fed industrial hemp.  His findings, published in the journal, Scientific Reports, conclude that feeding cattle industrial hemp with a high CBDA content for 14 days, “decreases biomarkers of stress and inflammation” in the animals. Another benefit observed when feeding cattle industrial hemp is that they spend more time lying down, which can help them ruminate and produce saliva. According to Kleinhenz, cattle experience a variety of stress and inflammation, particularly related to production practices such as transportation and weaning. He believes that hemp containing cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) may present a natural way to reduce the impact on the animals. “Cattle experience a variety of stress and inflammation,” said Kleinhenz. “Our most recent data shows how cannabinoids via industrial hemp decreased the stress hormone cortisol as well as the inflammatory biomarker prostaglandin E2.  “This shows that hemp containing cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA, may decrease stress and inflammation in cattle. Thus, hemp may be a natural way to decrease stress and inflammation related to production practices such as transportation and weaning.” Michael Kleinhenz is assistant professor of beef production medicine at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine Industrial hemp was legalised in the US under the 2018 Farm Bill, and is defined as Cannabis sativa containing less than 0.3 per cent THC. Since then research has been ongoing to determine how best to…

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