As the world’s largest exporter of high-quality oats, Canada produces about 3 million tonnes of oats every year. Canadian oats supply three primary markets: milling oats for human consumption; performance or pony oats, largely as feed for high-end race or competitive horses; and high-yielding feed oat varieties.
Over the last 5 years, the US has been the largest oat importer, accounting for nearly 75% of the world’s oat imports. About 90% of Canadian oat exports are shipped to the US. China is the second largest oat importer. Due to a trade restriction, Canada is not currently exporting oats to China. Mexico is the third largest global oat importer and accounts for nearly 5% of the world’s imports.
Cereals Canada works collaboratively with the Prairie Oat Growers Association on programs like Keep it Clean!, public trust and sustainability.