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CloversMum

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Posted - Jun 30 2015 :  07:25:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron, your prices for Chaffhaye are right in the ballpark. Those are similar to the prices quoted to me by the people from Chaffhaye. For those of us who can't buy a ton at one time, then the individual bags are priced higher.

My cows and goats are on pasture and I want to supplement with the Chaffhaye. They will get both grass and alfalfa. I find my critters need more protein than the grass pasture or grass hay can provide. But I'm thrilled to find the Chaffhaye as people around here are baling their alfalfa into huge round bales and our little farm tractor isn't big enough to move those bales around. I love the 50 lb bags Chaffhaye comes in, along with the fact there truly is not any dust!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Jun 30 2015 :  07:53:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Morning Charlene. When I didn't own a large tractor I used to move the round bales on a sled. Would take like an old car hood upside down, put a chain or cable on the front and use the small tractor to push it on it then drag where I could work with it. Tipping the bales on its end it would unwind easily and I would feed what I needed that feeding. A little clunky but if all you can get is rounds that system works sweet and really not as bad as it sounds...did that for years...

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Jun 30 2015 :  8:04:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the only pricing i found was trolling the internet and it was $15 per bag, but can't even remember now if that was bulk or not ;>

i've been at the desk too long today... brain is a failing me

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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maryjane

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Posted - Jun 30 2015 :  9:53:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pricing as you can imagine depends on how much a dealer can buy at a time, shipping costs, storage, mouse control costs, distance from Texas, wages to handle, and whether or not local delivery is provided. Factoring all that in, costs seem to range from $13.75 (ranch direct through a dealer) to $17/bag and sometimes $18. A woman called today who recently finished installing a Grade A goat dairy near here after moving to the Palouse from Arizona where she paid closer to $18 for Chaffhaye.

Two things I've noticed. The white patches that you find occasionally as explained in their brochure (yeast colonies) aren't a big hit with my crew because the Chaffhaye isn't as soft when that happens. When I see a handful of compacted Chaffhaye with the white on it, I break it up in my hands and toss it back in where it gets consumed.

Also, my bulls are acting like it's beneath them to eat Chaffhaye. When I give it to them, they put their heads in, pull their heads back out, and then push and shove each other around. Eventually, they eat it, but perhaps real bulls don't eat quichaye. It wasn't the instant hit with them that it was with my girls.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Jul 01 2015 :  05:53:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harriet will tap dance for alfalfa

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 01 2015 :  07:54:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron, you are a great problem solver. Now, I wonder what I tell my neighbors when they come up missing a car hood? Maybe I can just take it from the truck that plowed into our heavy-duty mailbox! Actually, we've never found the culprit, but one of the local body shop owners could tell what kind of vehicle hit our mailbox based on the numerous parts left scattered in the road.

Does Norman also dance for alfalfa? Or is he more like MaryJane's bulls?

I am finding my cows and goats seem to like a mix. Perhaps they, too, like a bit of a variety in their diet?

I've also noticed with my goats (since I'm not milking Clover yet) that since giving them Chaffhaye, their milk production has not decreased like it usually does during hot summer temps, especially with the heat wave over last weekend. My goats' production remained the same!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 03 2015 :  5:11:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So this morning I was over at MaryJane's farm while she milked and then fed her Jersey girls some Chaffhaye. And ... I've discovered I've been feeding Clover and Betsy WAY TOO MUCH! It just doesn't take too much; in fact, just a very large handful/medium scoop per cow. Poor Clover and Betsy ... they've been feasting and now its back to normal everyday eating for them.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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