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

    Livestock futures moved higher with live cattle showing the least gains of the complex. A limited amount of cattle traded at steady money Wednesday, but that has not necessarily set the tone for the week. Feeder cattle reacted...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle still cannot find aggressive buying to turn the trend higher. Traders want to see higher cash before adding premium. Hog futures continued to struggle, but most of the long liquidation seems to be finished.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock could not find any support Monday. The optimism for higher cash was not sufficient to trigger buying interest in cattle futures. Lower corn prices much of the day did not provide support for feeder cattle. Hogs fell...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Traders will be back in full force Monday and likely willing to buy futures. Trading activity last week did not reflect higher cash with the anticipation of gains again this week. Hogs drifted, finding little interest in trading; but...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Even though cash cattle traded higher than expected Wednesday, futures did not reflect it. Higher corn price put pressure on feeder cattle with thinner trade volume leaving traders unable to ignore spillover pressure. Hogs were...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex was disappointing due to the Cattle on Feed report showing strength only one day. Cash activity will take place Wednesday to get cattle on the books before Thanksgiving. Hogs floundered Tuesday and closed...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Both live and feeder cattle futures gapped higher on the open and did not retrace, leaving the gap intact. Cattle were higher, but the gains a little disappointing after the bullish Cattle on Feed report. Hogs were moderately...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle were moderately higher at the close Friday ahead of the Cattle on Feed report. Traders remained positive moving into the report even after three days of strong gains. Hogs moved in the opposite direction, feeling the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle rebounded Thursday with feeder cattle higher due to lower corn prices most of the day. Live cattle were the recipients of some spillover buying as well as cash cattle trading higher in the South. Hogs chopped around most...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle were able to find support once some cash cattle traded and pressure was put on corn prices. Hogs chopped around unable to find solid direction.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures did not have much going for them Tuesday due to no cash trading activity and mixed boxed beef prices. Feeder cattle showed pressure as corn prices moved higher. Hogs gained on higher cash and the hopes of...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle made a valiant attempt to move higher but closed near the lows even though feeder cattle were higher, and corn was lower. The anticipation of higher cash cattle this week is diminishing. Hogs closed higher, likely on...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Traders did not seem to like the idea of steady cash to close last week. Boxed beef took a hit, increasing some concern over the ability of cash to trade higher this week. Hog futures floundered with spread trading favoring the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures pushed higher mainly on the heels of the weakness of corn and acceptable export sales. Steady cash did not provide the support of higher futures. Hogs were under slight pressure due to lower cash and a poor...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex did not perform as was expected. A limited amount of cattle traded at steady prices and lower corn prices were not able to support. Hogs had a difficult time gaining traction as cash was lower along with cutout...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    There was not much excitement in live cattle futures Tuesday as traders were waiting for better market direction than just anticipation. Feeder cattle failed to generate buying interest from lower corn. Hogs took back some of...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock began the week on a very positive note. Live cattle were higher with December leading the charge on optimism. Hogs pushed higher as it seems demand remains strong and slaughter pace picked up again to begin the week.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Even with steady to higher cash, live cattle futures closed lower for the week. The concern seems to be increasing over ongoing demand. Hogs followed a similar pattern with futures closing lower for the week, but that was...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle just could not get it going Thursday as cash trade and export sales left much to be desired. Feeder cattle could not capitalize on lower corn prices. Hog futures could not hold onto gains, resulting in a mixed close despite...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle just could not find solid support Wednesday, again closing lower in contracts through June. The strong gains in feeder cattle did not provide spillover support. Hogs were under pressure as cash and cutouts have not...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle just could not get any aggressive buying interest going Tuesday. Live cattle floundered around in a narrow trading range as traders await cash. Feeder cattle were under pressure due to the higher corn price. Hogs held...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle showed some pressure due to higher corn prices but also due to the possibility of cash not gaining as much as it has the past two weeks. Hogs showed spread trading putting pressure on nearby months while later months...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle were under pressure with October showing the greatest loss, even though cash traded higher during the week. Feeder cattle held on slightly weaker corn price. Hogs bounced after the large losses on Thursday due to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle traded higher as expected Thursday with prices showing more strength than anticipated as some cattle traded as much as $5.00 higher. Hog futures let loose Thursday as traders decided it was time to liquidate long...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feedlots have their sights set on receiving at least $2.00 more for cattle this week. There has not been any cash business done to establish the level of strength. Hogs closed higher Wednesday, but the earlier strength of the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures took their turn at taking a breather Tuesday. Higher grain prices had an impact on feeder cattle while live cattle felt some impact from lower feeders but mostly found traders waiting to see what unfolds this week...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle continued higher with support from the Cattle on Feed report, expectations for higher cash, and lower corn prices. Hog futures took a breather with spread trading between December and later months taking place. The...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The strong cash cattle trade last week pushed October and December live cattle futures to new highs. The neutral to friendly Cattle on Feed report should support the market but may already be factored in. Hogs pushed higher...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures did not show quite the exuberance they had the first half of the week. However, live cattle and hogs held their ground. Cash cattle traded higher as anticipated. Hog futures floundered somewhat as they only...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures were higher again yesterday as both fundamental and technical elements of the market are positive. Some light cattle trade developed in Iowa/Minnesota at $3.00 higher with more activity surfacing today. Hog...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle showed strong gains again Tuesday as the prospect for higher cash looks to be a reality. Feedlots are holding the line with some higher bids being passed Tuesday. Feeders found more strength in response to lower corn...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle found some support from the weakness of corn and the idea of stronger cash this week. October live cattle pushed to a new contract high. Hogs found buying interest from a strong slaughter pace and the potential for...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Even though cash cattle traded higher last week, futures did not reflect the increase, closing slightly lower for the week. International demand is becoming a concern due to reduced exports. Hogs showed the opposite with strong...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle traded higher, as anticipated, but the impact was not felt in futures contracts. The overshadowing influence was the Consumer Price Index, indicating continued high inflation and its possible impact on demand. Cash hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex was generally supported yesterday. Cattle did not feel much pressure from corn and cash still had not yet traded for the week with feedlots determined to receive higher...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle had a strong day yesterday as live cattle futures increased on the prospect of higher cash while feeder cattle gained in reaction to lower corn prices. Hogs floundered even though cash and cutouts were higher as the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Strong corn prices had a negative effect on cattle with feeder cattle showing the greatest pressure. Feedlots hope for higher cash, but substantially lower packer margins may have an impact. Hogs diverged between nearby and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex just could not get much going on Friday. Mixed trade dominated the markets for live cattle and hogs while feeder cattle were under pressure with mostly triple-digit losses. Livestock futures managed to close...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle traded on both sides of the market Thursday after first opening higher. The higher opening was a little baffling due to the weekly export sales report. Hog futures extended their gains, gapping higher on the opening due...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures were higher across the board Wednesday, fueled by optimism and rebounding from the sell-off that should not have taken place. Cattle are expected to trade higher this week with early indications pointing to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures could not hold early gains as more aggressive selling pressure surfaced as Tuesday progressed. Some pressure on the cattle complex could be explained, but the substantial selling that erupted in hogs was a...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures were able to find buying interest with contracts posting some nice gains. This was not enough to turn the trend higher, but it may indicate a bottom may have been reached for the time being. Markets needed to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures fell back Friday to close at the low end of the range for the week. Feeder cattle took a bath, closing at a new low for the recent downtrend. Hog futures were able to close higher except for front-month...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures found support through short-covering and technical buying due to being oversold, as well as a good weekly export sales report. Hog futures remained in positive territory for much of Thursday but weakened into the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The only green on the screen Wednesday was the October lean hog contract. The rest of the livestock complex was again under pressure as liquidation continued. Lingering pressure continued on demand concerns.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Pressure continued Tuesday in the livestock complex with hogs feeling the brunt of it. Cash cattle traded steady with last week, setting the tone for the rest of the week. Packers paid up for hogs Tuesday, but that did not...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex felt the pressure from the outside markets Monday regardless of any positive fundamentals. Higher cattle futures did not last long as selling erupted, permeating throughout the contracts. Hogs fell out of...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Commodities in general were lower across the board as fears of a recession dominated the livestock markets. The uncertainty of the Cattle on Feed report also put pressure on the market. Hogs found no support at all with...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures retreated even though cash traded higher. The higher trade was factored in with traders looking ahead to the Cattle on Feed report. Hogs showed further weakness as packers were unwilling to pay up for hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures tried to post gains but eventually succumbed to selling pressure. Between the interest rate hike and the upcoming Cattle on Feed report, there was little to maintain support. Hogs turned tail, unable to maintain...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle closed mixed Tuesday with only October showing a solid gain. Traders are friendly but cautious. Feeder cattle fell back as corn futures pushed higher. Hog futures chopped around, unable to maintain the highs with...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle floundered much of Monday, trading in a narrow range as traders searched for direction. There is optimism for higher cash, but caution is being exercised. Hogs moved somewhat similar to cattle with futures able to post...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Steady to higher cash had already been factored into live cattle futures, leaving little else for traders to anticipate prior to the weekend. Hogs found some strength despite the significant decline of cash as technical trade...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle received a shot in the arm Thursday when cash traded steady to $1.00 higher. Traders had been anticipating stronger cash and bought more aggressively once it was seen. Hog futures defied the weakness of both cash...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle drifted Wednesday as traders waited for cash activity, which did not surface as feedlots and packers held their bids and offers without compromise. Feeders were higher as minor strength stemmed from lower corn. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle struggled with live cattle not seeing any cash activity and concern over inflation as well as the impact from a possible rail strike. Feeder cattle fell despite the slight decline of corn. Hogs finally saw some aggressive...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle traded in a somewhat tight price range with traders uncertain of the strength of cash this week. Feeder cattle were under pressure due to the strength of corn. Hogs saw some unwinding of spreads with heavy selling...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex was higher across the board to close out last week. It seemed the weakness of the U.S. dollar provided the strength. The livestock complex itself did not have much support from cash.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The steam was taken out of the cattle market Thursday as cash trade was disappointing. Packers played their cards right and were able to buy cattle at steady to lower prices. Hogs just cannot get a break without better cash...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle could not follow through on the recent strength of the previous two days. Wednesday's action puts higher cash in question as packers still have not stepped up to the plate to purchase. Hogs showed impressive gains early...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex uncovered some buying interest Tuesday. Traders are optimistic cash will be higher this week, supported by higher boxed beef to begin the week. Hog futures were higher as cutouts showed promise and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures were able to break the downtrend Friday, showing impressive gains. This may have been tied more to short-covering rather than a change in trend. Hog futures did not follow a short-covering pattern into the...