Well, it’s hot in the south. I am still feeding the goats Chaffhaye, and wanted to update my experience with it. As some of you may remember, I started using it last year near the summer’s end when hay got real hard to find and after we had a miserable summer from hay dropping on the barn floor and molding within a day or two. My workload was horrible, and the health of the animals not as good as I wanted if I missed a day cleaning the barn. My hope was that this summer would be better with the chaffhaye.
So, June is here, and temps have been close to 100 degrees for a few weeks. Humidity has been awful the last 2 weeks, but my barn is dry and pleasant. I haven’t had to clean the bedding out since spring cleaning, so it’s been a couple of months. I am providing some baled hay to give the goats longer fiber and keep them from getting bored, but they still prefer the Chaffhaye.
One thing I am truly seeing is that you need a shelter from the sun and heat for the bags of Chaffhaye. If there is a pocket of air in the bag at all, it will mold in direct sun and heat. I have also found that the whole bag isn’t ruined from this, only a layer, and I find it’s easier to remove the molded section and feed the rest of the bag than to take it back to the dealer to be replaced. The bags stored in the shade do better.
Now that it’s hot out, I also find I feed a lot less Chaffhaye or the goats will tend to get fat, so it’s good to have something else available for them to munch on as well. I am still liking it very much and am finding it to be cost effective in the long run. My goats all look fabulous, and their milk is the creamiest compared to the previous 2 years when we didn’t feed the Chaffhaye. Anyway, if you are looking into buying Chaffhaye, keep in mind during summer months you may need a shade shelter, but the product is still very good from what I have seen. I do believe if you contact the company they will send you a sample of hay, and I have found them on Facebook, where they sometimes have contests and drawings for hay.