In this article we pay attention to hemp wood.
The hemp crop has more than 50,000 sustainable applications. The big advantage of hemp is that multiple applications can be obtained from one plant. In this way both the woody core (hemp wood), the fiber (hemp fiber), the seeds, the leaf and the flower of one plant can be processed simultaneously. By using these different applications at the same time, almost the entire plant is used to a high quality. This high-quality use is also referred to as cascading, an important concept within the biobased and circular economy.
The hemp fibers are used in the paper industry (banknotes), insulation industry (insulation mats) and the automotive industry (dashboard and door panels). Hemp wood is used as bedding for stables / cages of horses, cattle, poultry and small animals. The hemp wood is also used for construction. The hemp leaves and flowers are used to make raw materials and end products for the food industry and the animal feed industry.
Hemp wood from Dun Agro Hemp Group the ideal ground cover for stables
Our hemp is very pure and free from dust and short fibers. This makes it ideal for applications such as animal bedding, in particular in the horse industry, but also for cattle, poultry and small animals. Our “hempbed” is sold throughout Europe and we have supplied hemp to every corner of the globe, including the United States and Australia.
We also use the bedding to produce hempcrete, a green building material with a very high insulation value for both temperature and sound, while your house can also breathe and regulate moisture.
Stable bed made from hemp wood is the most economical and sustainable bed for horse stables and other ungulates. It is also excellent for organic chickens and rabbit farms. Hemp wood is the core of a fiber hemp plant. This fiber hemp is grown by the Dun Agro Hemp Group, without the use of pesticides. Modern means of production ensure optimum quality bedding. The high natural absorption capacity of hemp wood is many times higher than straw, flax or wood shavings. This allows it to remain in the house longer, because it absorbs moisture, ammonia and odors quickly. Due to the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of hemp wood, the animals suffer less from diseases. Due to the longer useful life, it also reduces storage and labor costs. After a few months your manure waste changes into an organic garden compost.
Benefits of hemp wood:
- Absorbs 8x more moisture than straw and 4x more than wood shavings.
- Due to high absorption capacity, there is less chance of hoof problems.
- High ammonia odor absorption.
- Is hardly eaten by animals.
- Suitable for animals with sensitive airways, or susceptible to thrush.
- Composts into a fertile humus, therefore a minimal manure volume.
- Extremely suitable for use in a stable with a pot house system.
Hemp wood ground cover, suitable for which animal?
Hemp bedding is suitable as soil cover for the following animals;
- Small animals
- Other ungulates (e.g. zoos)
Why use hemp wood in the stable for your horse?
Hemp fiber is good for your horse. It provides a clean, natural and healthy stable environment. The bedding retains the moisture in deeper layers. A layer also forms above the material saturated with urine, whereby the chance is reduced that the wet material is mixed with the upper dry bedding. The top layer remains warm, soft and dry for your horse.
The positive properties of hemp wood makes the product particularly suitable for animals
- with many problems with respiratory problems.
- that are susceptible to hoof confinement (laminitis).
- that are susceptible to thrush.
- that must remain clean.