Viterra to move Alta. oat processing

Viterra has the racehorse feed market in mind as it renovates its seed cleaning plant at Camrose, Alta., southeast of Edmonton, for processing and cleaning specialty oats.

After this $3.5 million conversion, announced Thursday, the plant will be able to process oat products including double cleaned, triple cleaned, Royal oats, crimped/rolled oats and oat groats, Viterra said.

The new plant’s key focus will be the North American and Asian racehorse industries, followed by other feed and food markets, the grain company said.

The conversion will include a steam-crimping line, which the company said will make the facility the only specialty oat plant in Western Canada with the ability to supply and produce that range of products.

Steam-crimped products are in rising demand for horse feed, Viterra vice-president Bob Miller said in a release.

Once converted, the Camrose plant will replace Viterra’s Edmonton oat processing plant, which the company said will be decommissioned.

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