• Oats are a cereal crop.
  • They are a strain of grass that are cultivated and harvested for their grain.
  • Oats were commonly fed to cattle and horses.
  • The production of oats has declined since the mechanisation of farming and the replacement of the horse by the tractor.
  • The decline has also come about because barley is a higher yielding crop with a better animal feed value than oats.
  • Harvesting oats is difficult since the grain and ears fall off easily if they become over ripe.
  • Oats are still grown as animal feed and also for porridge and other cereal foods.

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