Monday, June 29, 2015
Hemp Seed as Cattle and Ruminant Feed Page 12
Hempseed cake is a suitable alternative to soybean meal as a protein feed for growing cattle because hempseed cake gives similar growth and carcass traits as soybean meal. From the results with calves, there is an indication that hempseed cake gives a higher feed intake, similar growth and lower feed conversion compared to calves given soybean meal. Hemp seed-cake has been used for fattening cattle with gains reported at 6 pounds 9.2 ounces/3 kg/day & adult sheep 0.5 kg per day. The digestive system also works in a more balanced manner when feeding hemp seed cake compared to soybean meal which is shown by a higher faecal consistency and DM concentration and a smaller number of long particles in the faecal matter from the experiment with the steers (Reducing the Methane emissions).