The alfalfa pellets are fine. Many people feed it instead of alfalfa hay.
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.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").
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.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.