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

    Cattle futures have been, and continue to be, in trouble as funds liquidate. Feedlots may have held out too long anticipating higher prices and may have to settle for no better than steady money after spending more money on...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Steady cash cattle trading last week was not what traders wanted to see. This triggered aggressive selling. There is some question whether higher cash can be achieved as a lot of cattle were processed last week. Hogs finally...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Both cattle and hog futures did not perform Thursday as well as hoped given the strong close on Wednesday. The market might be getting tired, leaving the potential for a significant technical price correction. However, cash...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Strong futures buying permeated throughout the whole livestock complex Wednesday, but it is unlikely this will continue Thursday. Cattle may be unable to hold gains. Hogs are a different story and packers show no sign of stepping...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures took a beating Tuesday with April hit the hardest over the past week. April may have already played its seasonal strength card and now will need to move closer to cash. Hogs may be in a similar situation coupled...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures showed little reaction to the higher placements on the Cattle on Feed report. Strong demand continues to override any bearish fundamentals. Hogs are resilient and continue the trend higher. Higher prices have yet...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The Cattle on Feed report was mostly neutral with the exception of placements. This is not expected to have much influence on closer contracts but may have an impact on later contracts. Packers are expected to need beef to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The Cattle on Feed report looms on the horizon, being released at 2 p.m. CT on Friday. Although that has not garnered much attention this week due to the extreme weather news, it will have an impact on trading Monday. Plants...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The weather disruptions are being dealt with and may now be factored in the market. Packers will need to be aggressive to make up for lost tonnage, but this may not mean higher futures prices. Weights for both cattle and hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Weather is the main focus of the market and the focus of farmers trying to get the chores done. Sellers are anticipating higher prices, but that may not be the focus this week. Despite higher prices and adverse weather, demand...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The strength in both cattle and hogs Friday might carry over Tuesday. There certainly does not appear to be any slowing of demand or concern by traders of an overbought market. Demand...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle trade is coming down to the wire again, which is becoming nearly a weekly event. Cash cattle are expected to trade $1.00 higher unless packers finally say, "Enough is enough." However, that is not likely as strong beef...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The weakness of live cattle futures was not shared by feeder cattle or hogs. Cattle prices are not expected to decline this week, but packers may not be willing to bid higher, leaving prices steady with last week. Hogs continue to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Both cattle and hog futures remained supported Tuesday but showed signs of faltering. It may not mean the uptrend is finished, but it may indicate continued higher prices may be difficult to achieve. Demand has been good with...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle prices are expected to increase again this week, but it may be a bit more difficult for feedlots to hold out much longer due to escalating feed prices. Packers may hold for no more than steady prices if there is a...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    There is anticipation the strength of cash in both beef and pork last week will carry over this week. The concern is that boxed beef and pork cutout gains may be running out of steam. The job of the market is to find a balance...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The standoff between packers and feedlots is going to come down to the wire, and it is highly unlikely feedlots will lose. They have held out this long, being confident bids will increase. Hogs have been showing impressive resilience...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures tried to push higher, but just could not capitalize on the strength of hogs. Cash cattle have not yet traded, leaving traders a little on edge even though most anticipate higher prices. Strong cash for hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle and hogs did a nice reversal Tuesday, which should follow through Wednesday as traders have renewed interest now that the overbought technical situation has been relieved. Traders on the wrong side of the market may...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures did not perform as well as was hoped. However, underlying fundamentals do not suggest a complete change in trend. Strong boxed beef and increasing pork cutouts should keep the market supported. However, there...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Higher cash cattle on Friday bodes well for this week. Somewhat light activity last week could result in cash business being done earlier than usual. Strong pork cutouts should keep packers bidding no worse than steady to begin...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle trade has been limited so far this week. That is expected to change Friday as packers will need to either open up their checkbooks and pay higher prices or go home without. The latter is not acceptable, and feedlots...