Extending the Life of Chaffhaye

Extending the Life of Chaffhaye
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Chaffhaye undergoes a natural fermentation that transforms raw alfalfa into an easier digestible forage, enriched with yeast, enzymes and beneficial microflora, that aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients by the animal. Soft, easy to chew and free of dust and mold, Chaffhaye alfalfa is ideal for ensuring maximum health and wellbeing for horse, deer, goat, llama, chickens, camelid and other exotic animals.

Backed by experience, Twin Pear Farm, is a Southern Oregon homestead and farm with loads of insightful and reputable information available for those wishing to learn more about farming, breeding/caring for goats, preserving, gardening and ag-business entrepreneurship. We’re proud to share a Twin Pear Farm Tutorial on Extending the Life of Chaffhaye. This video is created for goat owners in mind, however Twin Pear Farm shares tips and information that will help anyone store and extend the life of Chaffhaye, no matter the species of animal being fed.


Grange Co-op carries premium Chaffhaye feed. Whether you’re feeding dairy goats, performance horses, deer and exotics, beef or poultry, watch the video above or continue reading for information on extending the life of Chaffhaye, recognizing the difference between healthy yeast or bacteria mold, proper care and storage and feeding guidelines of Chaffhaye.


Chaffhaye is a high-fiber forage and excellent source of protein. As seen in the video, this feed is great for lactating does, however it is also perfect for other grazers and browsers: horses, goats, cattle chickens, deer, sheep, llamas and alpacas. To view the guaranteed nutritional analysis of Chaffhaye for your animal, click the link here: https://chaffhaye.com/details/news/guaranteed-nutritional-analysis

At Chaffhaye, it is believed that livestock can achieve maximum health and well-being when allowed to graze directly on pasture or when fed “living” forage that is naturally rich in yeast, enzymes, beneficial microorganisms and the by-products of their fermentation. This is exactly what Chaffhaye alfalfa, a premium forage, provides for livestock.


It’s often we hear customers noticing spoilage in their first bags of Chaffhaye. This is something that with proper care is preventable, and even at times, misdiagnosed. Almost every bag of Chaffhaye will have signs of bacteria growth within it. Because it is fermented, yeast grows in the bag and resembles white mold. Smelling like vinegar and yeast, this is actually GOOD bacteria. While yeast will be prevalent in Chaffhaye, in summer months, the warm temperatures can cause bad bacteria to grow, especially if the bag is left to the open air.

A bag of Chaffhaye that has no contamination of bad bacteria will show signs of yeast. Smelling sweet and appearing in large clumps, these dense yeast chunks are packed full of nutrition. While some animals will be pickier about these clumps, refusing to eat them, others take a couple weeks to adjust before getting used to them and consuming without any issues. Try breaking up the chunks if your livestock are pickier, these yeast clumps are advantageous and healthy for livestock if they will eat them.

Good yeast can be seen in the video above and pictured here. However, bad bacteria will appear as blue or even pink mold. At this point, contamination has occurred, and the bag can be poisonous for livestock. Next, we’ll discuss how best to prevent this.


It’s important to properly care for your bags of Chaffhaye, this is a premium alfalfa product and you don’t want to waste any of it through spoilage. Always store Chaffhaye somewhere dark and cool. While the packaging is rated for storage outside, storing in the hot sun will more than likely prompt the growth of bad bacteria, resulting in spoilage quickly. To extend its shelf life, we recommend storing Chaffhaye in an air-conditioned space in your barn, a root cellar, or a mudroom, anywhere that provides a cooler environment. Once opened the Chaffhaye should be consumed within 7-10 days. After those 7-10 days, it is not as fresh and starts to lose nutritional value.

If you only have a couple lactating does, you’re most likely only feeding a handful or two of Chaffhaye a day. Pro tip: take gallon-size Ziploc bags and fill them with Chaffhaye. These can then be stored in a freezer for prolonged use. You may notice ice crystals on the alfalfa when pulling it out of the freezer, this is normal until it defrosts at which point it is back to normal and tastes the same for your animals. Depending on how much you’re feeding, this is a great method for storage. You can also use larger bags such as dog food, bird seed or grain bags, any of these are perfect for filling with Chaffhaye if you’re feeding a larger number of livestock. The 50lb bags are designed to feed cattle or horses. Where they may eat a half to a whole bag in one day, smaller livestock, such as goats, will take much longer to eat through one bag, making portion storage important to prevent spoilage. If you are splitting and storing individual bags of Chaffhaye, remain diligent in sealing each bag after every use in between feedings.



All animal’s digestion systems are different. It is important to keep a close eye on your livestock when changing feeds. Learn the signs of possible complications and contact an animal nutritionist, or if necessary, a veterinarian, for assistance and professional advice. Chaffhaye is designed to meet the forage portion of your animals’ diets. Depending on such factors as age, breed, workload, available pasture, and whether you are feeding Chaffhaye alfalfa solely or in conjunction with another forage and/or grain, energy and/or vitamin and mineral supplement may be needed. Consult a Chaffhaye representative or your animal nutritionist for further information.

After observing your animal for a period of time on Chaffhaye, you may want to increase or decrease by up to 10% to obtain the desired overall body condition and appearance. Feed changes should be made gradually over a period of 7 to 14 days. Changes in the rate of feeding should not exceed 2 pounds per day. Below are feed recommendations. For more information visit https://chaffhaye.com/details/news/feeding-guidelines.


1.5 to 2 lbs of Chaffhaye per hundred weight of animal per day.


2.0 to 2.5 lbs of Chaffhaye per hundred weight of animal per day

Chicken & Poultry

1/2 to 1 cup per bird per day.

Perfecting the technique of preserving and extending the life of every bag is extremely important if you want to use every bag to its maximum capacity. Keeping your animals happy, healthy and looking great is our top priority at Grange Co-op. For more information on livestock feed, visit us online or in-store to speak with one of our Grange Livestock Experts. We’ll see you soon!


All Twin Pear Farm products are primarily sourced from our 72 acres, whether it’s the pears and berries in our jam, or the milk and dried herbs in our soaps. We follow organic practices for our fruits and vegetables, growing naturally hardy and resistant plants, never using sprays or pesticides. When you purchase our products, you support and share the belief that a happy life and a healthy planet go hand in hand, naturally! Learn more or shop Twin Pear Farm online at: https://twinpearfarm.com/



July 15, 2021
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