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CCIA Call Centre Hours Extended

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is extending its call centre customer service hours for the fall run effective Oct. 1 and ending Dec. 31.

The new call centre hours will be Monday to Friday from 6 a. m. to 8 p. m. MST until the end of December.

Customer support for the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) can be accessed by phone at 1-877-909-BEEF (2333).

“Improving a user’s experience with the CLTS and making it more convenient for producers and the industry during this busy time is a top priority,” says Brian Caney, general manager for CCIA. “We aim to continually develop and enhance CCIA services and resources to support user needs to the best of our abilities.”

Rising Corn Prices Cut Livestock Profitability

Surging corn prices in the wake of the Oct. 8 USDA corn crop estimates “will cause major pain” for all livestock and poultry sectors, according to the Oct. 11 CMEDaily Livestock Report.

But the report’s authors said it isn’t clear which species will be hurt the most. Hogs are the most dependent on corn since energy ingredients comprise 70 per cent of the average hog diet. The increased corn costs are expected to add $13 to the cost of finishing a hog, cutting potential profitability to a slim $1.19 per head.

Slack capacity in the U. S. feedlot sector means that operators can cheapen diets and sacrifice daily gains to reduce feed costs. As this will lengthen the time it takes to get feeders to market weight, the extra cost will come out of what they are willing to pay for calves.

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