Mechanical Oat Rollers
Rolled or crimped oats are very beneficial to the equine population. They provide more nutrients and are easier for horses to digest.
The process is completed by taking regular oats and machine rolling them through large harden metal rollers with groves to crimp down the outer shell.
The term rolled or crimped describes the end product, thus probably why they are labeled both ways.
For older horses crimped oats are also easier to chew.
If you’re already feeding crimped oats you have probably already researched the benefits they provide to your horses.
You’re also very much aware of the premium price they command over non crimped oats.
The price difference can range as much a $3 per bag and even higher in some of the more remote areas away from high equine populations.
There’s some trade off. Crimped oats do go further; studies have shown as much as 30% drop in the feed consumption compared to feeding horses just regular oats.
For years rolled oats have proven to be beneficial to humans and that seems to also translate to the equine population.
Just Google "The benefits of equine rolled oats" and do your own research.
Equine rolled oats will not look as flattened as the human cereal. This may be one of the reasons people will call them crimped rather than rolled.
You can see in the picture that from a distance they still look like hole oats but up close you can see the roller marks and flattened areas.
Just having the outer shell cracked open allows the nutrients to be better absorbed and digested in the equine digestive system.
Rolled oats typically are done during the milling process using a large roller mill.
They are bagged and then sent off to the retail stores for the rancher to pickup with other supplies.
Being able to crimp and feed at the same time provides the most nutritional benefits.
Like human foods processed and then package they will lose some of the nutritional benefits as the product sits.
Of recent a new line of stable side portable oat crimpers is just beginning to emerge.
Fueled by the benefits of rolled oats, ranchers and hobby farmers are now able to use bulk stored or bag oats and make their own fresh crimped oats at stable side.
The machines range from small hand crank models to larger motorized crimpers. The larger sizes will even crack corn and barley so the benefits can extend on over to other livestock.
Portable models can even be used inside of a horse trailer to take along to horses shows.
In sizing an oat roller one can estimate that one horse will consume about 5 lbs of oats. From this you can calculate your herd capacity needs and machine size.
There’s actually very few of the oat rollers on the market. The Amish have been making and using a series of them available online at Cottage Craft Works .com
They offer four different units that basically do the same job.
It comes down to how large of herd , how much you want to spend and how fast you want to get the job done.
A simple hand crank model will fit over a 5 gallon bucket can be purchased for under $300. It can also be used with an electric drill. This machine would be perfect to have as a portable unit to carry in a trailer tack room.
Two mid range units are available for herd sizes of up to 12+ head. They run under $1500. A stationary floor model will crimp 50 lbs of oats in about 10 minutes. A wall mount unit will crimp 30 lbs of oats in about 6 minutes.
The wall mount unit could also be mounted inside a horse trailer or in smaller stables.
For the larger equine operations the CCW-3 Oat Roller will run through 50 lbs of oats in just about a minute.
This roller will also crack corn, barley and spelt so although it is the most expensive but still under $1800 it is the most versatile and fits perfectly in the larger equine operations.
For multiple stable operations several crimpers can be located around different feeding stations.
The motorized roller also have open hoppers that can be set underneath bulk storage bins for continuous flow.
Considering the premium prices some are paying for crimped oats along with the overall estimated 30% reduction in annual feed usage, a relative short payback period can be realized. Especially when those savings are multiplied over larger herds.
Both the CCW2 and CCW3 Oat Rollers come from a different Amish factory and they can be equipped with a Honda gas engine in place of the electric motor for remote off grid operations.
The motorized crimpers are equipped with open frame motors and regular non explosion proof switches.
These rollers are designed to be used in open well ventilated areas and not in confined enclosed spaces where grain dust might accumulate and ignite.
The oat rollers are also not made for human food consumption either.
To purchase one of these oat rollers visit Cottage Craft Works .com at this link
Amish Made Oat Rollers | Crimpers
Portable Equine Express Oat Crimper | Oat Roller
This portable unit is easy to carry and transport. Fits on a standard 5 gallon plastic bucket
Perfect for up to 5 head of horses or to use as an additional crimper to take along to horse shows.
Unit can also be used with an electric drill.
Adjustable rollers to crimp oats to various textures.
Wall Mount Equine Express Oat Crimper
Space saving wall mount unit will crimp 30 lbs of oats in about 6 minutes.
Perfect for small stable operations or attaching inside a horse trailer.
Adjustable rollers require a wrench, but once adjusted to desired texture should not need to be adjusted routinely.
This is the perfect solution for the small hobby ranch owner that wants to save on feed cost while improving the nutrition and digestive systems.
Features ¾ HP heavy duty electric motor with a Heavy duty gear transfer box for long life.
15” x 11” hopper holds 5 gal bucket of oats at a time.
Adjustable hardened 2” x 5” chrome plated rollers to increase life.
Equine Oat Crimper CCW-2
Stationary floor model with ½ HP motor capable of crimping 50 lbs of oats in about 10 minutes.
Optional Honda gas engine available for off grid or remote operations.
Compact 27” long x 13” deep x 39” tall unit takes up little space in smaller stable operations.
Features hardened 3” x 4” grooved steel rollers that are adjustable for different textures.
The CCW model #2 will crimp both Oats and Spelt, but it’s not recommended for Barley or Corn.
Constructed with a powder coated frame and galvanized hopper.
Equine Oat Crimper CCW-3
Heavy duty stationary model for larger herds and commercial stable operations. Capable of crimping 50 lbs of oats in about a minute.
Still a rather Compact space saving unit measuring 20-1/4” Long x 15” Deep x 40” Tall.
This unit will also crack corn and barley for other livestock applications.
Features hardened 6” x 6” grooved steel rollers are adjustable from outside the unit.
Heavy duty rollers, bearings, gearing mounted on to a powder coated frame for long life.
A 1-HP motor is standard; a 4 hp Honda gas motor is optional for off-grid and remote applications.
Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on June 03, 2014:
Just goes to show that processed food is just as bad for our animals as it is for us! Good job and interesting.