Hemp is a high-yielding summer crop and potentially a valuable addition to the forage portfolio of livestock producers. It is currently illegal to feed industrial hemp biomass to livestock in Australia. The concern is that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) could transfer to animal products intended for human consumption.
This project aims to provide data on nutritional value of hemp forage and THC residues in tissues from sheep fed industrial hemp at two growth stages.
The key outcome is to assist development of regulations around hemp as a forage crop for livestock, making it a more attractive cropping/forage option to Australian farm businesses.
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