Oat meal

oats-closeupOat grains in their husks

  • Oats grow on stalks, like other grasses used for food, with the kernels more widely distributed along a looser tree-like framework. 

  • When harvested, the oats must have their extremely hard hulls removed before they can be sold, either whole as oat groats or milled as rolled oats. 

  • Oat groats are said to be quite tasty, although they require a long cooking time. Sometimes, oat groats are loosely cracked and used in breakfast porridge. 

  • Rolled oats play a starring role on the table in oatmeal, although they are also used to add texture to bread, and other baked goods.

  • The common oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other grains). 

  • While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed. 

  • Oats make up a large part of the diet of horses and are regularly fed to cattle as well.

  • Oat grains in their husks Oat plants with inflorescences.

Oat Meal analysis on a dry matter basis (%):

oat meal





Metabolisable energy (ME) (Mega joules/kg dry matter)

Dry Matter (%)







Storage / Processing 

  • Stores well in cool dry conditions.

  • Material to be stored and transported in compliance with UFAS code of practice.