As I figure my budgets for next year and prepare for the kidding season (Which does not start for me until March 2), I settled upon a question I am hoping some of you can help me answer. For my kids, I am planning on allowing them as much milk as they will drink (via lambar feeder) and when 20 days old (per goat keeping 101) introducing alfalfa hay and meat goat pellets. As I have been studying I have read about some feeding a Calf Manna (or other calf starter knockoff) to goats at an early age to start rumen development. My questions are 1- Can calf manna be used in the place of meat goat pellets? The cost to me is virtually the same. 2- Would there be anything wrong with introducing calf manna and hay to kids earlier than 20 days old? Thanks in advance!