The Western Australian oat industry generates about $200 million for the state economy each year through the production of milled (rolled) oats for human consumption and feed oats and oaten hay for livestock production.
The major markets for Australian milling oats are Mexico, North Asia, South-East Asia and South Africa.
Western Australian feed oats are well received by international markets, particularly the growing Middle Eastern and Japanese race horse industries.
WA produces about 50% of Australia's export hay – most of which is sent to the Japanese dairy industry.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is a partner within the National Oat Breeding Program, which is responsible for breeding and developing new oat grain and hay varieties with superior quality.