Opening the gates to hemp-grazed livestock in Australia

Bronwyn Blake, Gaye Krebs, Kenneth Dods, Christopher May

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Hemp has been flagged as a new summer forage option for ruminants. Little data exists on hemp biomass as a livestock feed and work in this area is critical to progressing regulation. While each State has its own policies, most of them have similar outcomes based on guidelines set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ); i.e., tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is considered a contaminant and must not be detected in animal products unless a safe 'maximum level' has been determined. No such level has been determined for THC or other cannabinoids due to lack of data. The project Open the gates to hemp-grazed livestock in Australia aims to provide data for this purpose. The research also aims to understand the suitability of hemp as a forage for livestock.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Australian Industrial Hemp Conference
EditorsStuart Gordon
Place of PublicationWagga Wagga, NSW
PublisherAgriFutures Australia
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781760532963
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event3rd Australian Industrial Hemp Conference - Country Club Tasmania, Prospect Vale, Australia
Duration: 22 Mar 202225 Mar 2022 (Proceedings) (Call for papers)

Publication series

PublisherAgriFutures Australia
ISSN (Electronic)1440-6845


Seminar3rd Australian Industrial Hemp Conference
Abbreviated titleExceeding the vision
CityProspect Vale
OtherThe objective of the biennial Australian Industrial Hemp Conference is to serve as a national platform for growers, researchers, processors and end-market buyers. Industry participants attend our conference to present and discuss concepts, key issues, hot topics and the latest findings in growing, producing, and the marketing of all types of industrial hemp products.

The AIHC was conceived and designed by its founder Robert Bell to both add value and to assist in the future expansion of the industrial hemp industry and its community. From its inception, the AIHC has been supported and sponsored by the conferences’ key partners, the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance, AgriFutures and Midlands Seed. This year, the newly formed national Australian Hemp Council is also involved in the event.
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  • PRJ-013007


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