You really need to watch our animals to see their love of Chaffhaye.
The goats get into the bucket before we can get into the pen.
The sheep do all but climb over their feeders, as do the milking goats.
What makes it so irresistible?
It could be the kiss of molasses that is sprayed onto the freshly chopped alfalfa, or it could be something far more simple, and something most animals in our valley have never tasted… absolutely fresh alfalfa, cut when it is most nutritious, yet tender and tasty.
I find it very interesting that both goats and sheep are in love with it. After all, sheep are grazers, and I would expect them to love it. Goats, however, are browsers. They are happiest when allowed to trim our trees, munch on tumbleweed, or other miscellaneous weeds on our farm.
But, love it the goats do!
Because it is guaranteed, and under continuous test at the company, we can safely feed it year round without worrying about “working it in” or having bloat blocks on hand in case they get a tummy ache.
So, here’s what we’re expecting the Chaffhaye to do for both us, and our animals.
With the sheep, aside from the dust that gets blown around, the fleeces should have much less vegetative matter. Because we expect their immune systems to be healthier, thanks to all the beneficial bacteria, we really hope the sheep lice will find a new home. We don’t like to treat for it, as it runs contrary to our “natural” and close to organic business plan.
We also expect the mothers will produce more milk, which leads to faster-growing lambs, and then more money in our pocket.
Our goats are our most precious animals. Each doe has the potential to produce more than 10,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. That’s a lot of Cajeta! We assign a value of $3.00 per 8 pounds of milk, so you can see how much our gals are worth… just under $4000 by their milk alone.
Feeding Chaffhaye allows us to keep a balanced diet in front of our girls year-round. We simply vary the amount they get from 1 to 2 pounds each per day. After kidding, when they are nursing their own offspring, we keep feed in front of them at all times. They’re good at self-regulating because the nutrition is so good and consistent.
The rest of our animals also get varying amounts of Chaffhaye for several reasons.
Our chickens love it. We throw it into their yard as “scratch”. No matter what they were doing, when the Chaffhaye arrives, it’s pandemonium in the yard, lots of cackling, and jostling for position.
The ducks aren’t fond of it. We’ve spoiled them with fresh chopped lettuce from our garden, as well as their commercial pellets.
The cows would eat the whole bag of Chaffhaye if allowed. Coco is very pregnant (due in a couple of weeks) and she pretty much inhales anything put in front of her. Tebow, the steer has to be very quick to get anything special, as Coco is very pushy with food.
A few of our rabbits like Chaffhaye at this time. We’re not pushing it on them, until we’re sure we have all the other animals settled in. Changing feed on rabbits is always a lengthy process to keep from upsetting their temperamental digestive systems. Our main reason for feeding them Chaffhaye, is to reduce the pellet dust.