Kansas State University Study Finds Feeding Cattle Hemp May Reduce Stress, Inflammation

Kansas State University Study Finds Feeding Cattle Hemp May Reduce Stress, Inflammation
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<![CDATA[A recent study conducted by researchers within the Kansas State University (KSU) College of Veterinary Medicine found that feeding industrial hemp with high cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) content to Holstein steers, a breed of dairy cattle, may reduce stress and inflammation. According to the study, recently published in Nature, one of the main goals of the research was to “investigate the plasma concentrations of cannabinoids in cattle following daily dosing, and the effects of cannabinoids on activity and blood inflammatory and stress biomarkers.” The study included 16 castrated Holstein steers equally divided into two treatment groups: cattle fed industrial hemp and a control group fed grain. The study states that the eight cattle in the hemp group were fed “25g of [industrial hemp] mixed in 200g of grain once a day for 14 days to target a daily dose of 5.5 mg/kg of CBDA.” And the eight cattle in the control group were fed 200g of grain for 14 days, says Michael Kleinhenz, Ph.D. assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at KSU. Study Findings Kleinhenz says the most prominent findings from the study were that the cattle fed hemp for 14 days experienced a decrease in stress biomarkers and an increase in lying time.  “Those were the two big things that went hand-in-hand together,” he says. “These animals seemed to be more relaxed and laid down more, and that was supported by lower cortisol concentrations.”  He says there are specific periods in a cattle’s life that can increase stress and inflammation, specifically noting weaning and transportation periods. “When calves are weaning from their mother, … that’s a big stress for the [calves]animals,” he says. “The second one that occurs very frequently is transportation. Almost all cattle are moved at some point in their life from one farm to another place. So those are two big stressors we…

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