Processing methods for oats: rolling, pelleting, and steam-flaking

Ishaya U. Gadzama & Fernando Diaz

Oat grain has been proposed as a cost-effective source of energy for dairy cows. Oats have a high proportion of hull, accounting for up to 25% of the whole oat weight. This high content of fiber protecting the groat reduces its energy content compared with other cereals such as barley or wheat. Thus, several processing methods can be used to break the hull and improve grain digestibility.

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