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has anyone experimented with alternative feeds ? i know last year with the hay shortage , there was a lot of corn and bean stubble hay fed in this area . i was wondering about additives to feed such as ground nuts . like almonds or walnuts . can meat goats benifit from this or would it be a waste of time ?
 

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no, i work in a candy factory . we grind nuts . if any sift through they are thrown away . the company pays for someone to take these away . i have known of some people taking them home and feeding squirrels . there are other things that we use that i wondered if they could be used as feed additives whey powder , powdered milk , toffee , caramel dust . with way feed prices are if i could use these and the animals would benifit from them it would be a win/ win
 

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I don't know about feeding that to goats, but the whey and powdered milk and nuts would be great for pigs. You could have some cheap, tasty pork.
 

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I would think that you could sub some of that for their grain ration. I don't think it would replace forage.
Probably a high protein with the nuts.

We sometimes feed powdered milk type stuff from where I work in with milk replacer for calves and a couple of guys sprinkle it on the hay they feed their beefers.
 

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The nuts would be an excellent energy source and I think high protein. I'm not sure how much you can safely feed though.

I'm surprised they aren't selling it to pork producers instead of treating it like waste.
 

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all waste does get made into hog feed somewhere in iowa i think . but they still have to pay someone to haul it off . i think i'll try mixing some almonds at around 5% abd see how they do
 
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