I just did a cost break down for my area comparing feeding pellets vs hay. The difference was shoking to me! Here it is: I purchase alf alfa pellets at a retail location for approx $13 per 50 lb bag (current price) which is $520/ton. (I can purchase some times as low as $11.00/bag w tax) If I purchased in bulk through Cargill I would still be paying $9.82/50 lb bag or $393/ton. Plus tax I can purchase high quality alfalfa for $150/TON (here in Utah) Initially I assumed that due to the wasetfull nature of goats it would be much more cost effective to feed alf alfa pellets. However the goats would have to waste 71% of the alf alfa hay and none of the pellets in order for the cost to be the same using retail pellets. And they would have to waste (62/38) 62% of the alf alfa hay and none of the pellets in order for the cost to be the same using wholesale (Nutrena) pellets assuming I can get them. I cant imagine that goats, managed properly would waste this much hay. If I were to spend $150 on feed I would obtain the following amount of feed: Retail 576 pounds Wholesale 765 pounds High Quality Alf Alfa Hay 2000 Pounds For me, this is significant! In my limited experience, I feel the goats do better, and eat more alf alfa hay, and it is SOO much more cost effective for me to go that route. Now I need to change my management. I have been feeding my goats morning and night tying them to a short lead and feeding them 2lb of pellets out of their individual feeders. I like this as it gives me an indication of how much they are eating, and insures all are eating because it eliminates bullying. Now that I have decided to feed alf alfa hay. What is the best way to feed this to #1 minimize wast and #2 keep dirty/wormy feed out of feeders? Thanks to all!