The hay topic has been a dilemma for me as well. When I raised goats as a teen, we had a virtually unlimited source of sweet alfalfa hay in NM that we grew ourselves. I think we had something like 25 acres in alfalfa fields. But here in NC they want $8-10 per BALE for those little square alfalfa bales. What I wouldn't give to be able to move some of those big round ones..... We finally found a guy selling orchard grass hay for about $2/bale, but we had an hour and half drive to go get it and could only really get about 20 bales on the trailer.... Wound up stacking it in our barn but it is also the stall that the goats live in... so its getting pulled down and used for bedding instead of being eaten... grrrrr We have 3 large dogs and no place else that I can think of to store the hay except in the goat's enclosure. Any ideas? Do you think the orchard grass will be ok for our goats? They are yearling alpine does, and will be bred this fall for the first time. If I can manage to get the timing right with the buck we are borrowing.