15 Feb Uses of the Hemp Plant for Animals
What are some other ways that you can use the hemp plant for animals? You might think that just giving them a few drops of CBD oil or a CBD capsule are the only options. More parts of the hemp plant can be used for animals. We’ll help you discover new ways to use the whole plant on your farm or at your home.
Hemp-Based Livestock Bedding
An environmentally friendly use of the hemp plant for animals is using the hurd portion of the stalk to make livestock bedding. A benefit of using hemp is that it is more absorbent than straw, sawdust and wood chips. It’s also healthier for the animal.
Hemp grows very fast, so bedding can be made available from a sustainable source.
Another benefit is the reduction of dust. Dusty bedding can lead to respiratory issues. Some animals may also have issues with allergies due to dust.
Additional advantages of hemp bedding for animals:
- Urine doesn’t spread
- More comfortable sleeping area
- Keeps animals warmer in cooler temperatures
Hemp animal bedding is available through some sources, but you could also use your own hemp crop to make bedding right on your farm – if you have one.
Hemp Seeds in Livestock Food
Hemp seeds are being added to some types of pet and livestock food. The nutritious seeds do not contain cannabinoids but do contain essential fatty acids, fiber, protein and a variety of vitamins and nutrients. If you make feed for your animals, adding hemp seeds to the recipe is quite easy.
The hemp seeds can be kept whole for some types of pets. Grinding the seeds into powder is more suitable for small animals and those that require soft food.
This is a use of the hemp plant for animals that is gaining attention. Hemp seeds have long been used as a source of nutrition in humans. Animals can also reap the healthy values of the seeds in their diets too.
Hemp Fiber Clothing for Animals
Hemp fibers are very durable. Animals, especially those that spend a considerable amount of time outdoors can benefit from having warm clothes that help keep them dry at the same time. These clothing items would likely have to be custom-made since hemp clothing for animals isn’t readily available in most markets.
This use of the hemp plant for animals is also a money saver over time. Hemp clothing can be washed multiple times without diminishing in quality or strength.
Types of hemp animal clothing to consider:
- Blankets for horses
- Coats for dogs
- Shields for livestock during fly season
- Leg warmers for horses
- Face shields for livestock
These are just a few ideas of what hemp fabric can be made into for your animals.
We’ve only given you a few ideas of uses of the hemp plant for animals beyond CBD oil and capsules. As more farmers begin to grow hemp in the U.S., more products will be available. This should also help bring down the cost of hemp-based items as many are considered specialty items due to their limited supply and some items having to be imported.