Robin Schmahl

DTN Contributing Analyst
Robin Schmahl
Robin Schmahl writes a weekly dairy column for DTN and provides other dairy information. His company, AgDairy LLC, is an introducing broker, and he previously worked from 1996 to 2001 for Allendale Inc. as a commodity broker and as manager of Allendale's Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, branch. In 2001 he worked with DTN on a dairy marketing program that is no longer offered.

Robin was born and raised on a dairy farm in Elkhart Lake. After graduating from high school, he attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, to study music. Robin then returned to the fourth-generation family farm in 1980 to work in partnership with his father before taking over the dairy farming operation.

Robin frequently gives speeches, writes articles and does radio commentaries on dairy topics. He lives on his active family farm with his wife and three children.

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  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Pressure moved through much of the livestock complex Thursday. Cattle were the recipients of traders positioning themselves ahead of the Cattle on Feed report. The selling in hogs was the result of little underlying support and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures found their legs after a period of weakness, closing higher for the day. Initial cash cattle traded at steady money, eliminating some concern over potential weakness. Hogs succeeded in closing the chart gaps and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Traders are not expecting much this week in cattle futures, which will keep the market choppy. The Cattle on Feed report will be released on Friday and may keep trading activity sideways until then. Hogs took a beating Tuesday...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle and hogs diverged Monday with most of the pressure put on feeder cattle. Live cattle showed little to trade on other than some spillover pressure. Hogs continued to defy the weakness of cash and cutouts.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle and feeder cattle diverged to end the week. Feeders may have been under pressure over concerns of increasing placements. Live cattle uncovered some buying interest to end the week as cash cattle on Friday traded...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex uncovered some buying interest Thursday from stronger boxed beef prices as well as strong financial markets. Hogs were not the recipients of any spillover strength closing lower. December hogs are now the lead...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex closed lower across the board Wednesday as traders just did not find solid support under the market. Hogs nearly closed lower chart gaps. Cattle saw further pressure due to steady cash developing.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle tried to hold near unchanged but succumbed to further pressure after some bearish numbers of beef production were seen on the WASDE report. Hogs were under pressure at the start and just did not look back.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    It was a rather neutral day for live cattle Monday with futures trading in a relatively tight range and prices finally settling on both sides of unchanged in closer months. Hogs were under pressure all day, unable to uncover...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex coasted into the weekend after a strong week. Cash traded in line with what took place earlier in the week as well as weakness in boxed beef, which provided traders with little to get excited about. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle found strong buying interest as the day progressed. Nearby futures gained over $3.00 pushing October feeders to the highest level in a month. Live cattle followed along posting strong gains as well. Hogs were able...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle were the bright spot of the cattle complex, posting triple-digit gains, dragging live cattle along with them. Live cattle just could not garner much strength in themselves. Hogs closed lower but rebounded from the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex found strength as the day progressed Monday. Hog futures turned the other way posting triple-digit losses. The general reason was that the markets corrected from an oversold condition in the case of cattle...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    It was a fairly uneventful day on Friday as livestock futures coasted into the weekend. Traders had positioned themselves for the end of the month and end of the quarter, leaving little else to do but enjoy the weekend. Cash...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The huge divergence between cattle and hog futures shows the dynamic between the two markets based on the results of last Friday's reports. The weakness of cattle pushed futures below technical support. Hogs have reached or...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Most livestock futures settled lower at the end of Wednesday with most of the pressure seen in feeder cattle. Live cattle tried to hold near steady with Tuesday's close, but traders were unable to find the confidence to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle remained in a tight trading range Tuesday while feeder cattle found its legs after the fall on Monday gaining back some of the losses. Hogs floundered for a while at the open, but more aggressive buying interest from...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    There was quite a divergence between cattle and hog futures Monday. Live cattle held their own showing minor losses while feeder cattle were under significant selling pressure, Hogs moved sharply higher with December and February...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Both the Cattle of Feed and the Hogs & Pigs report came and went. It was a bearish cattle report and a bullish hog report. Traders have had the weekend to digest the report and determine whether current futures have...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Strong gains in the financial markets Thursday provided some support to the livestock complex. Most of the trading activity was the result of traders looking ahead to the reports to be released Friday.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Traders may have turned a bit friendlier to the market on the possibility of a bullish Cattle on Feed report. Hog futures did not share the same enthusiasm closing moderately lower even though estimates for the Hogs & Pigs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures just could not generate any specific direction. This might be the pattern for the rest of the week as traders look ahead to the Cattle on Feed report. Hogs traded lower due to continued cash weakness and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures held well in the face of pressure from financial and other commodity markets. Some support came from higher boxed beef prices. Hog futures could not hold as cash and cutouts fell.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle lost most of what was gained last week as cash trade was disappointing. Feedlots holding out through Friday did not push packers into a corner wherein they needed to pay higher to obtain supply. Hogs fared well...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The rebound of cattle was short-lived as selling pressure on feeder cattle pulled live cattle slightly lower. Steady to lower cash also had an impact. Hogs saw spread trading with October the beneficiary of buying, unsupported by...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle rebounded Tuesday due to an oversold market with traders exiting short positions. The minimal downtime of the Nebraska JBS plant was positive. Hogs continues to remain on the defensive even though cutouts rebounded.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Even though the closure of the JBS Grand Island plant was expected to be temporary, the cattle complex continues to pancake lower as technical support levels are taken out. Hogs are under pressure from cash and cutout weakness.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    There appears to be no bottom in the livestock markets. A concern over declining demand has gripped the market and will not let go. Technical support continues to be violated.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex struggled Thursday with only a few nearby live cattle contracts closing higher. Cash cattle trade looks to close the week generally $1 higher. Hogs made a valiant attempt to hold, but weakness slowly permeated...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Weakness continues to plague the cattle market. After 10 days of liquidation, the market should be ready for a bounce; but something will need to trigger that change. Cash cattle trading higher Wednesday was not enough. Hogs are...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Losses mounted Tuesday as commodities in general were under pressure. However, current demand fundamentals are not as good as anticipated earlier in the year, leaving traders somewhat bearish.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Pressure on the cattle complex has been brutal. The anticipation of strength after the Cattle on Feed report showed continued tightening supplies was quickly and dramatically discounted as demand came into question. Now that...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex was hit hard Thursday on cash disappointment as well as the upcoming holiday weekend. Lighter trading activity many times generates wider price swings. Hog futures moved to the beat of their own drum rather...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Higher futures rekindled some optimism in traders, but underlying cash and meat prices will need to show support or that optimism will be short-lived. Neither of those looked promising Wednesday.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures were hit hard again Tuesday, finding no support from lower grain prices. The market is running on disappointment with traders exiting long positions. Hog futures have had a false breakout with prices back to where...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle were the only bright spot Monday as they received some support from declining grain prices. Live cattle were under pressure led by the drop of August. Hogs tried to extend gains but succumbed to underlying...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    October and December Live cattle were lower Friday likely from the pressure on the August contract. However, the real disappointment is that live cattle futures have basically lost the entire gain realized from the Cattle on Feed...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex closed in the red Thursday as traders in the cattle complex became disillusioned over cash potential. Hogs continued trading in a sideways pattern with Thursday being the day to sell the market. Friday may be...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The weakness of cattle Wednesday did not spill over into hogs; nor did the strength of hogs spill over into cattle. Cattle were under pressure due to weakness of boxed beef. Hog futures were stronger on their own, not because...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Selling pressure in the livestock complex Tuesday resulted in futures slowly grinding lower. Even with that, cattle did perform better than hogs. Boxed beef and pork cutouts will be the driving factor of market direction.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures reflected the friendly Cattle on Feed report by breaking out to new contract highs Monday. Although no cash business was done, packers may be forced to pay higher this week to purchase needed cattle. Hog...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures outdid themselves Friday in light of the Cattle on Feed report released after the close of trading. There was anticipation of a friendly report which caused some short-covering into the close. Hog futures rallied...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures seem to be under pressure through no fault of their own. Product prices were higher for both beef and pork. Cash prices were also higher. Outside economic factors caused the pressure.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle and lean hog futures regained the losses of the previous day as traders became more optimistic over price potential. Tightening cattle supplies and current marketings are expected to push futures and cash higher.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex could not find enough support to hold futures in positive territory. The Cattle on Feed report Friday may keep cattle futures price movement limited. Weaker pork cutouts may keep pressure on the market.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle were somewhat directionless as there was no underlying information to spark any selling or buying interest. Hogs defied the weakness of cash and cutouts to post strong gains. The large discount to cash had part to play in...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Trading activity in the cattle complex had little to show in the end as futures showed limited price changes for the week. October hog futures take over as front month Monday after posting a triple-digit loss for week.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex was able to disconnect from the grain markets Thursday. Feeder cattle were in the direct line of fire due to the bullishness of the WASDE report, but yet were able to close higher in some contracts. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures were the bright spot in the livestock complex as the liquidation phase may have run its course. Cattle remain rangebound with underlying fundamentals somewhat neutral. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle were the recipient of hope for higher cash this week while hogs suffered continued liquidation for the opposite reason. Hog futures are oversold while cattle remain in a sideways trading range.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex was bathed in a sea of red at the end of Monday with the exception of August hogs as they remain in line with the index and will see limited volatility through the end of the week. Bearishness has gripped the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures were in peril early in the session Friday, but futures rejected the selling pressure roaring back to close higher for the day. This did not change the charts for cattle, leaving them rangebound. Hogs will need to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex took a large hit Thursday with the greater pressure on the lean hog complex. Disappointing cash trade for hogs sent the October contract limit down. Cattle reflected the possibility of limited cattle trade...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex extended gains Tuesday, but those gains stemmed from the optimism of traders and not from underlying cash. Futures were low enough to entice traders to step in on the anticipation of the trend turning...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    It is anticipated live stocks futures could follow through on Tuesday. Cattle could follow through because of lower grain prices on the overnight while hogs find support from strong cutouts.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures were able to manage a slightly higher close last week, but the same could not be said for feeder cattle and hogs. Packers may not be willing to increase bids early in the week until they see early demand and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle held well Wednesday in the anticipation of higher cash trade this week. Boxed beef continues to march higher. The confirmation of African swine fever in the Dominican Republic sent concern through the market, causing hog...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex took a breather Tuesday with traders now assessing just how much higher beef prices will go and whether the uptrend in hogs can be maintained.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Some follow through is expected in the cattle complex Tuesday, but the strong rally may run into technical resistance as well as higher grain futures again. Hogs may chop around a bit as traders wait for more evidence of higher...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Falling grain prices were able to provide underlying support to the livestock complex. It is questionable as to how long that support will be able to hold futures even though cash prices seem to be weakening. The Cattle on Feed...