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Alfalfa Pellets
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Alfalfa dehy is produced from standing alfalfa, which is mowed and chopped in the field, delivered to the dehydrating plant still containing a minimum of 60 percent moisture, artificially dried, ground and pelleted.

Dehy can replace a portion of both the grain and the forage in rations for milking cows. It can replace up to 50 percent of the conventional forage dry matter in the ration, but at this level the ration should contain no more than 50 percent grain, on a dry matter basis.

Research at the University of Nebraska has shown that the protein in dehy tends to be degraded in the rumen to a lesser extent than the protein in alfalfa hay, alfalfa silage or soybean meal. This is the basis of dehys reputation as a source of "by-pass" protein.

Typical Analysis
Dry Matter 92.0%
Crude Protein 17.0%
Fat 2.9%
Crude Fiber 25.5%
Neutral Detergent Fiber 40.9%
Acid Detergent Fiber 32.2%
Calcium 1.39%
Phosphorus 0.23%
Total Digestable Nutrients (TDN) 56.1%
Net energy - Lactation (NE/L) 57.6 Mcal/100 lbs.

Caution: Any recommendations given here should be considered as general only and may not apply in your specific situation. All final recommendations should be made by a qualified person familiar with your particular circumstances.

About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.

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