More Dutch cows eat hemp

More Dutch cows eat hemp

The number of Dutch dairy farmers that feed their cows hemp fiber is on the rise this year after mostly positive experiences of farmers in the Netherlands.

Animal feed producers and seed suppliers Agrifirm estimates the number of interested parties to about thirty this year.

In the north of the Netherlands nobody is surprised of vast fields of hemp plants (totaling an estimated 2000 hectares). Growers use hemp as the fiber for the production of textiles. In Brabant people are surprised sometimes, but Agrifirm dairy farmers expects growing hemp to 100 acres this year.

Hemp is an alternative to straw and in addition to the bulk grass or corn that the cows eat. The fiber supplement is required for the contraction of the rumen to stimulate and improve digestion.

The initial experience of fiber hemp as feed for cows is good, says De Beer. Cows that eat hemp give a little more milk and are especially healthy.

In the longer term, life expectancy and therefore increase efficiency. Moreover, the cultivation of hemp fiber cheap, simple and durable.

The strong plant grows to 4.5 inches a day and can be harvested in August. Irrigation, fertilization and crop protection are not required.

Cow photo By AnjaF.

  • Ed Martiszus

    US dairy farmers caught between the cost of fuel, and the cost of corn might want to consider and start trying hemp as a fuel and feed. What is old is new again.

  • Mike H

    healthier and high as hell cows. yea I know it’s not smoking variety MJ but even hemp at the rate cows eat it would result in a very stoned animal.

  • Anne

    thats not true at all Mike. Why do you have to say such rubish. Hemp has no THC and any THC high plants require leaf to be dried or heated.

  • Mike H

    Before you call BS why dont you do some research.

    Hemp THC is 0.2
    Recreational MJ is somewhere around 10-20%
    Lets just say 1 gram of weed will make you stoned as hell. Yes even if you eat it.
    So 200 grams is .44 pounds. Lets round up to .5. So it takes 1/2 a pound of hemp to get you as stoned as 1 gram of weed.
    so x10 = 5 pounds of hemp
    Cows weigh at most 1500 pounds(Huge cow) can eat 45 pounds of feed.
    If it takes 5 pounds of Hemp in a cow to = the THC of a human smoking 1 gram of weed then a cow eating 40 or so pounds of Hemp will be stoned all day.

    If a cow eats 40 pounds of Hemp it will get stoned.

    Why dont you try eating some MJ. you will get stoned. I’v done it.

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