A little over a year ago, nearly a year and a half now, we started feeding Chaffhaye to our goats. I have been shocked at how many people had not heard of it, and also amazed at the number of people asking me about it. There are farms making chopped hay that is similar, but my goats have preferred the brand-named Chaffhaye. And they like it to be alfalfa, thank you very much 🙂 We thought about becoming dealers at one point since so many people east of us wanted to use it and there are no dealers that way (or at least there were not when we looked into it) but decided it was not right for us, despite loving the product. And we do love it! As with any hay, some bales have had problems (very few) and we had rats damage a bottom row of bags and we lost them because we didn’t know about the nibbling. We have used it when the weather was down to zero, and when the weather was baking and humid with temps near 120 degrees F. Here is the conclusion; we will continue to use it and recommend it to all who buy goats from us or visit our farm.
Anyone with goats knows how picky they can be. They do NOT like changes in their food. I have wasted bags of feed because the formula was changed and my goats decided starving was better than eating the grain rations. They have turned up their noses to baled hay, throwing it all on the floor to be laid upon. They waste half of every bale of any hay I buy, but not the Chaffhaye. They have loved every bag I have given them, and I use it as a reward to get a handful extra after being good on the milk stand or getting blood work or hoof trimming done. The body condition of our animals has consistently been excellent on the Chaffhaye. Dietary needs remain constant, and I don’t have a lot of surprise health issues. Kids grow well on it, and reach breeding weight by 6 months easily without grain. Milk is creamy with no off-flavor from using alfalfa. We do not get bloat on the Chaffhaye either, even when they stuff themselves (and they will if you let them have all they want). It takes about 1 week to get a new goat to start eating it, but once they do they will turn up their nose at anything else, holding out in hopes you will give them more Chaffhaye. It is good for our does, bucks, and kids, as well as dry, pregnant, and lactating does. Coats are healthy and shiny, and we have very little illness since there is no dust to irritate the breathing passages, nor do we have mold from a patch of missed hay waste left on the floor. We do find we have to keep it in the barn in our hot summer as even with a shade tarp it gets too hot sometimes, but it takes up far less space than dry hay. We still like regular hay in winter for extra warmth and to keep boredom at bay when the weather is bad, but every time we use it we are reminded how much nicer it is to deal with the Chaffhaye. I am allergic to dust mites and to grass molds and to dry alfalfa, but no such problems occur with the Chaffhaye. I am still loving it! If you are interested in trying it, I gather the company will send you a small trial bag if you request it. Here is the link, plus they are on Facebook. We also feed it to our guinea pig and rabbits as a treat!