So I've gone a year without any grains at all and making my girls hustle for their food and so far it's working quite well. Well except for one goat who has gotten skinny we're already feeding her extra cause she gives us about a gallon and a half a day and is still nursing on top of that, we just can't keep pounds on her and she is the reason we are starting to research extra feed options. However, when I got these goats I wasn't focused on milk production, I mostly wanted cheap brush clearing and a little extra milk for the family and now that we're considering becoming a dairy spending a little more money on feed to ramp up production does make more sense for us now. Having said that I refuse to feed corn or soy, and I won't feed processed grains or by-products. the reasons why are beyond the scope of this post, let's just say that I've gotten pretty granola in my views on food. I finally found a decent supplier of whole grains for prices that I can afford to buy in bulk and am looking at mixing my own feed blend. I would love some feedback on nutrition and ratios from those that know more about this than I do. The primary ingredients that I'm looking at are: Barley Whole Oats Feild/split pea Flax Peanut (might do this instead of or half and half with the sunflower) Black oil sunflower alfalfa pellets (this is mostly there to slow them down a little and it's what we're using on the milking stand now) kelp (maybe not because whew that stuff is PRICEY) Outside of corn or soy are there any other ingredients that should be included? Again my girls (except for the one) have been maintaining weight on nothing but forage and a little hay so far and will of course still have access to that. Are any of these unnecessary? Also if I'm not crazy and this does sound like a decent mix, what ratios would any of you recommend? The bulk would be the barley, oats, and pea, with the flax and sunflower and or peanut just there to supplement fat. I would love feedback from any of you that have mixed your own grain blends or that know a little more about goat nutrition. Thanks all!