The Western Australian oat industry generates about $540 million for the state economy each year through the production of milling oats for human consumption and feed oats and about $225 million per year in oaten hay for livestock production.
The major markets for Australian milling oats are China, Mexico, India and Japan.
Western Australian feed oats are well received by international markets, particularly the growing Middle Eastern and Japanese race horse industries.
WA produces about 40% of Australia's export hay – most of which is sent to Taiwan, Japan and South Korea to support their 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.