Alfalfa pellets...cost?

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  1. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    I know things will vary from place to place, but I'm trying to get a ball park figure on the cost of the pellets. My feedstore fella is looking into ordering them for me. I told him not to order until I knew what the price was, as I don't want to commit unless it's fair. But then, I've no idea what 'fair' is!

    ...so, tell me, Oh Wise Ones :worship: ...what's fair?

    Meg
     
  2. cricket

    cricket Well-Known Member

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    Our area they cost $8.25 for 50# bag. Hope that helps
     

  3. Tracy in Idaho

    Tracy in Idaho Well-Known Member Supporter

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    $190 a ton or $6 a bag here.

    Tracy
     
  4. Milking Mom

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    $6.50 a 50# bag here in S.E. Texas
     
  5. jacksun

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    meg if you want to go cheap ive been using beef extender pellets from southern states my goats love it and at 3.50 for 50lbs cheap then get a goat lick
     
  6. okiemom

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    hi,

    In Tulsa, Ok they are running $6-$7 dependingon an Atwoods sale.

    What are extender pellets? What is in them? Thanks
     
  7. Dee

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    $8.50 here in NJ.
     
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    $8.50 Statesville area
     
  9. Meg Z

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    What are those? Do you have a label that you could give the breakdown on? I'd appreciate it!

    I don't have does in milk right now, so everyone is on just a handful of grain. Not a major part of the diet. It will become major when I'm milking this spring, so I want it worked out now.

    So, I'm feeding grain (wheat, oats, corn) mixed with pellets, because I can't find a good protein source. The alfalfa pellets are to boost the protein. Alfalfa hay isn't available around here, except for an occasional $12 square bale that a different feedstore gets in now and then. Dry, dusty stuff, too.

    When I complained to the feedstore fella about my lack of protein, he said he could get the pellets if I wanted. Especially since I didn't get the grain from him, and he's feeling the loss of business! Nobody else around here is interested in such things. Apparently, everyone else around here with goats feeds them nothing but sweet feed!

    Of course, I'm the only one I know around here with dairy goats rather than brush goats or meat goats.

    They have minerals free choice, and baking soda the same. Timothy hay, because they prefer it to Coastal Bermuda (those are the hay choices around here).
     
  10. Sarah J

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    $13.75 per hundredweight in 50# bags from my Co-op (??I have no idea why they price it that way...some companies are just weird!).

    My four girls (dry) have been going through them like CANDY but none have that hay belly, either! They each get about 1/2 a pound of grain daily plus alfalfa pellets free-choice. We go through almost 150 - 200 pounds per week with them! Seems excessive to me, but then, they aren't *touching* the actual *hay* that is out there either...and they are healthy and happy so who am I to argue?!? :)

    -Sarah
     
  11. Laura Workman

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    $7.25 for 50#, but if I buy a ton, it drops to $6.25 for 50#. I generally buy a ton. :)
     
  12. Hank - Narita

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    Alfalfa pellets are over $11 here in AZ. What are beef extender pellets? Sure would like to know as the pellets are so expensive. We prefer the hay bales but can't always get them now that the cow dairies are moving in. Everyone is going to large bales too. We prefer 3 wire bales.
     
  13. Lt. Wombat

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    $6.35 per 50# per ton price from Burwell Nebraska. The now do a custom blend so you can have the alfalfa, soy and goat minerals all mixed and pelleted for $7 a bag
     
  14. TwoAcresAndAGoat

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    North Carolina here it's $7.75 for 50#
     
  15. Jen H

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    $8 for 50#

    Looks like I need to head down toward Lynnwood and stock up!
     
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    dang! I just paid 10.50! And that was from the mill!
     
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    About $6.50 for 50# If I got a ton, it would be cheaper, but I have no place to put it!! :(
     
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    $9.96 per 50# here in Port Angeles, WA a bit of a break on a ton but I can't remember how much.
     
  19. Meg Z

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    Hey, you're the closest to me...if you read this again, could you let me know which side of NC you're on? I know they grow alfalfa in the western end, but I'm east of center, between Fayetteville and Lumberton.

    And the rest of you, thanks for the information. Quite a range out there!

    Thanks,
    Meg
     
  20. oberhaslikid

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    SE Ohio $ 8.85 per 50# at Tractor Supply.