White Oats

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General

  • The common oat plant (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name.
  • While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed.
  • Oats are generally considered "healthy", or a health food, being touted commercially as nutritious.
  • Oats are sown in the spring or early summer, as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Oat is the only cereal containing a globulin or legume-like protein, avenalin, as the major (80%) storage protein.

Cultivation

  • Oats can also be cultivated for green fodder as well as for seed, also in summer in Dhunche, Rasuwa (1950 m).
  • In high altitude areas of about 3500-3800 m, the aim would be to cultivate oats as a summer fodder for hay production, to feed the ruminants in winter.
  • The cultivation of oats in summer in particular sites/locations for particular use and to address a particular farming system needs to be done, with some specific oat cultivars.

Process

  • Oats are taken into the mill at harvest time from a select registered panel of local growers.
  • The oats are then dried and safely stored until needed. When the oats enter the Milling process, there are five distinct stages to this process:Cleaning, drying and grading,Dehulling and cleaning., Groats to pinhead, Pinhead to oatlets.,Packaging and distribution.
  • When the oats enter the milling process, they are cleaned, taking off straws, stones and weed seeds and are then sent through a stream of air to remove any dust or light grains that would be unsuitable for milling.
  • The product is then automatically weighed, dropped in its packet, the packet is then pressed down, folded and sealed.
     
Market
  • White Oats are made from high quality natural oat grain imported from the best oat producing regions of the world.
  • Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic foods markets in the U.S. and Canada with annual sales of more than $1 billion.
  • The world's leading oats producer is the Commonwealth of Independent States, which far outpaces the United States, Canada, the European Community, Australia and Poland.
  • The United States now grows about 300 million bushels of oats annually, down dramatically from the 1.5 billion bushels grown as recently as 1955.
  • The world oat market is strongly influenced by the market for coarse grains, particularly
    the US market for corn.
  • The world oat market is strongly influenced by the market for coarse grains, particularly
    the US market for corn.
  • The United States, which was a leading exporter of oats as recently as the late 1970s, now imports between 50 million and 80 million bushels of oats each year.

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