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Thanks Donna, for all the knowledge u provide to me anyways u know when i feed Migis his hay  i notice that he'll eat the long strands of hay but sometimes when i buy this hay it has some long & short strands & u know he eats but he leaves all the short strands of hay behind & refuses to eat them & of course i can't help how this hay is cut & processed & it makes me upset b/c he'll cry for more hay & when i go outside to the shed to get more hay for him i look in his feeder and theres all this short strands  he leaves behind & i have to throw it away! He wastes alot of it! & for one bale it costs me $31.00 + tax 7 1/2% mind u. LOL! So when hes outside i just leave it in his feeder & even if he cries for more i say NO! DON'T U WASTE IT. I don't know y he does this. Thanks Donna

Luv,
Me & Migi

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Hi there - that is so expensive for a bale of grass hay or really any hay - so sad that it costs that much.  You know goats are so picky about their hay and mine waste too, but I am not paying that much for hay.  Does the feed store have the compressed bales there? And if they do have the compressed bales how much are they?  I still would start him on some sort of grain to get his weight up.  Does the feed store have anything like beet pulp pellets or hay pellets? Let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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