Cattle’s Hemp Meal—Yay or Nay? —A $200K Question
On September 3, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) publicized their $200,000 grant supporting the Kansas State University and their research inspecting whether it’s safe or not to feed hemp leftovers to cattle.
The series of experiments will answer the question “can we get high on cattle’s meat and milk if they are hemp-fed?” This is perfectly in line with the mission of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) — namely, funding projects that promote agriculture. And here’s why!
The modest 140 hectares of hemp (grown back in 1994) have increased to approximately 3,500 in 2020. As a result, hemp waste has also increased to mind-boggling numbers with tonnes of leftover biomass.
And now, farmers look at these byproducts as a potential food source for cattle.
Therefore, if the research shows overwhelmingly positive results, it could provide the answer to a major setback manifested in the mass-production of hemp in a highly sustainable way.
Furthermore, this will likely push the industry over the expected $20 billion by 2024.
So far, studies have shown that some cannabinoids like CBDA and THCA are more easily absorbed in the cattle’s stomach than CBD and CBG. Thus, there’s legitimate ground for concern that hemp can, in fact, be toxic to cattle and affect the products in question.
Hence, we are hopeful that we’ll soon discover whether using hemp waste as a source of cattle food is viable or not, as according to the cannabis legalization outlook for 2021, the US will most likely be swamped by hemp waste in the years to come.