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If I cannot find affordable alfalfa hay of good quality, how do pellets compare? I am guessing that they are not as good (as is the case with most "processed foods"). But, are they good, still? TSC has alfalfa pellets, 40 lbs, for $15. Stockdales has a mix of alfalfa/Timothy pellets at $16 for 50 lbs. any advice or thoughts regarding these?
 

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we feed alfalfa pellets in their grain mix...
 

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If I cannot find affordable alfalfa hay of good quality, how do pellets compare? I am guessing that they are not as good (as is the case with most "processed foods").
I can't speak for all manufacturers, but the alfalfa pellets I buy around here are 100% alfalfa - nothing else. Alfalfa pellets can be substituted for hay on a pound for pound basis up to 50% of the hay ration. I've used 2 lbs of alfalfa pellets in place of 2 lbs of hay and had very good results.
 

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I would not feed alfalfa pellets as a complete ration because goats are ruminants and they need long stemmed forage of some kind - either hay, brush, forbs, or pasture - to keep their rumens working properly. It is ok to substitute alfalfa pellets for up to 50% of their hay ration. Most standard sized goats eat a ton of something each year. That comes out to 5.47 lbs of forage per day. If you feed 2 1/2 pounds of hay and 2 1/2 lbs of alfalfa pellets per day you should be ok. Our winters can be very harsh, so I usually increase them by about 1 lb per day when it gets cold, watch them, and adjust as needed.
 

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I would not feed alfalfa pellets as a complete ration because goats are ruminants and they need long stemmed forage of some kind - either hay, brush, forbs, or pasture - to keep their rumens working properly. It is ok to substitute alfalfa pellets for up to 50% of their hay ration. Most standard sized goats eat a ton of something each year. That comes out to 5.47 lbs of forage per day. If you feed 2 1/2 pounds of hay and 2 1/2 lbs of alfalfa pellets per day you should be ok. Our winters can be very harsh, so I usually increase them by about 1 lb per day when it gets cold, watch them, and adjust as needed.
Ok thanks, been researching on this topic as well. I give 100% alfalfa hay, and wondering if it's better for them to also get pellets. If it helps with their nutrition and with feed costs I thought it was worth looking into.
 

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The nice thing about the pellets is that nothing goes to waste usually. Whether pellets are going to help with feed costs is a whole other thing! You would have to figure how much each one costs per pound, then factor in hay waste.
 
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