I am kind of at a loss here of what to do. I really don't want to change what has been working for me for so long but I financially may have to. I have always fed alfalfa hay. I have never fed alfalfa pellets. This year I have fed alfalfa hay but now the hay I am getting is looking worse and worse. The guy I get my hay from has some decent stuff, some bales are better than others but it isn't the quality I would like. It would be awesome horse hay or wonderfaul cow hay but it is just too stemmy for the goats. The stems aren't big around but the hay shatters when it's pulled apart and all the leaf falls off leaving very little they will eat. This last batch of hay I got was really bad. I ended up not even feeding about 3 out of 10 bales I bought at $4 a bale. (These bales are 35-40 lb. each I weighed them). So I decided since the hay was so crappy I would supplement with AP's. I got a bag of them from the farm store. (I think it was like $11-13 for 50 lb. I don't remember exactly). I gave them to the girls for them to try. They smell AWESOME! They are really green and the only ingredient in them is suncured alfalfa hay. They are 16% minimum protein. No dust whatsoever. The only problem I can see with them is that they are fairly large in diameter, some of them are about 1/2 - 3/4 inch long and about 1/4 inch in diameter. Well the girls liked them at first (like the first day). I let them try them and Maria chowed down on her 1/2 pound. Vi picked at hers a little but ate them. I gave them more the next day and they really wanted nothing to do with them. They prefered the crappy hay. I have the option of continuing to buy hay from my supplier or buying a 2nd cutting of some really nice brome grass hay (from my unlce at a discounted price) that the goats eat about every blade of and supplementing with AP's. My problem is will they start eating the AP's if they get grass hay or will they still turn their noses up at them? I don't want to endanger them with calcium deficiancy. I have had enough problems with that lately. Right now my girls are not producing nearly like they were before and I know it's due to the not so great hay. I want the does to look as good as they used to and be healthy, producing, shiny animals. Right now they are just not looking their best. What do you all think?