Interpretive Summary: Influence of hempseed cake inclusion on growth performance, carcass characteristics, feeding behavior, and blood parameters in finishing heifers
By: Thomas M Winders, Eric M Serum, David J Smith, Bryan W Neville, Golam K Mia, Samat Amat, Carl R Dahlen, Kendall C Swanson
This experiment evaluated the effects of dietary inclusion of hempseed cake in comparison with dried corn distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) on growth performance, feeding behavior, carcass characteristics, and blood parameters in finishing heifers. Angus-crossbred heifers were assigned randomly to one of two treatments (20% hempseed cake [HEMP] or 20% DDGS; dry matter basis) and were fed for 111 d until slaughter. Heifers receiving the DDGS treatment had greater final body weights, average daily gain, gain efficiency, dietary concentration of net energy for maintenance and gain, and carcass weight than heifers fed the HEMP treatment. All other carcass characteristics, as well as feeding behavior, were not influenced by treatment. Plasma urea nitrogen was greater in heifers fed the HEMP diet compared with the DDGS diet, while glucose was not influenced by treatment. Several plasma amino acid concentrations were influenced by treatment. Although the inclusion of hempseed cake decreased growth performance, it could be a viable alternative feed source for cattle.
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