Longwood Creek Farm is now a local vendor for Chaffhaye in the Macon and Warner Robins area. Only $14.95 + tax for a 50 lb. bag. Contact Ken at 478-957-9225 or email to place your order. At this time, we are local pick up only. For more information on this highly nutritious and Non-GMO feed, read below.
What is Chaffhaye?
1. Premium NON-GMO certified alfalfa packaged in a 50 pound bag
Chaffhaye Alfalfa is premium alfalfa harvested at optimal plant maturity to maximize nutrients and palatability. While still fresh, the crop is chopped into “chaff”, lightly misted with molasses and then individually packed into air-tight packages to lock in freshness
2. Beneficial Fermentation
A natural fermentation transforms the raw alfalfa into a super digestible forage, enriching it with yeast, enzymes and beneficial microflora that aid digestion as well as absorption of its nutrients by the animal. Chaffhaye Alfalfa is soft, easy to chew, and free of dust and mold.
3. The End Result?
An alfalfa enhanced with natural enzymes, yeasts and beneficial bacteria. Easy to digest for your animal and easier to handle for you.
Most animal feeds go through a drying process that removes a majority of the naturally occurring plant juice from the forage. This essentially drains life from the feed. We process Chaffhaye to retain its natural plant juice, preserving the natural probiotics of the feed. By retaining the plant juice, Chaffhaye becomes the closest product you can buy to fresh, natural pasture. Hence, we call it “Premium Pasture in a Bag.”
4. Who can eat Chaffhaye?
Chaffhaye is excellent for all groups and classes of forage eating animals – including chickens!
Our recommended feeding ratio is 1.5 lbs. of Chaffhaye per 100 lbs. of horse & 2 to 2.5 lbs. per 100 lbs. of ruminant per day when feeding Chaffhaye as the sole forage portion of your animals’ diet.
Additionally, when feeding Chaffhaye you will be able to cut all of your secondary feeds in half (grains, hay, etc…). this is due to Chaffhaye being fermented hay, 50% predigested, and creating an environment for the other feeds that are sharing space in the stomach of the animal benefit from the micro flora that Chaffhaye adds and therefore breaking down the secondary feeds for a better absorption rate.
What makes us different than traditional baled alfalfa? The major difference between Chaffhaye and baled alfalfa is that Chaffhaye undergoes a fermentation process which breaks down the plant matter. The fermentation in a way “pre-digests” the plant matter so when the animals eat Chaffhaye they are getting about 50% more nutrition then they would out of a dry, baled forage.
The unique biological aspects of Chaffhaye Alfalfa exert health and physiological benefits beyond the basic nutrition of the forage itself. Chaffhaye undergoes an all-natural fermentation process in the package that enlivens it with yeast, enzymes and beneficial microflora. Chaffhaye’s beneficial microflora, or fiber-digesting bacteria, closely resembles those found in the early fiber-digestion process in the rumen of ruminants, or in the case of the horse, the fermenter located in their hind gut. In essence, Chaffhaye jump starts the digestive process. Once Chaffhaye is consumed, more of its nutrients can be assimilated (absorbed) in the body, leading to greater nutritional benefit – strong bones.
Research has shown that dry matters losses on baled alfalfa run 15% to 25%. These are losses that occur from handling, storage and feeding. With Chaffhaye there is very little dry matter loss. When considering less waste and more absorption, we believe a bag of Chaffhaye is equal to about 1.5 bales of alfalfa (assuming a 60 lb. bale).
Chaffhaye has a number of benefits that are harder to put a cost on. We call these benefits, the Chaffhaye Advantage:
- Consistent quality because we grow and maintain our own alfalfa fields
- 16 month shelf life with a guaranty of no nutritional loss
- Animals consume 100%, no stems left behind
- Tender and more palatable than baled alfalfa
- Optimal health through enhanced nutrition
- Natural probiotic forage
- Easy to transport
- Can be stored outside without fear of weather damage
- Dust free
- Certified weed seed free
- 50% less manure produced by a Chaffhaye fed animals
- Not a fire hazard
- Great for establishing and maintaining a healthy micro flora in the gut
- Excellent for weaning animals
- Excellent roughage source – provides the vital “Scratch Factor” necessary for stimulation to gut wall to insure for a higher absorption rate of nutrients
- Easily masticated and digested
- Fermentation produces beneficial bacteria, enzymes and yeast that aid in digestion
- Certified Non GMO
- Low starch & sugar
Recent studies have shown that the digestibility of feed is as important as its nutritional content. Through a natural fermentation process, Chaffhaye becomes rich in beneficial microflora. This microflora makes Chaffhaye one of the most digestible and therefore nutritious products available for animals.