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

    Live cattle chopped around yesterday finally managing to close higher but not after establishing a lower high and lower low. Feeder cattle posted a strong day reacting to the weakness of corn. Hogs were higher for a time but...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feedlots hoped for higher cash this week but were unable to get it. Packers dug in and were not willing to pay more for cattle resulting in steady to lower trade. Hogs closed mixed in anticipation of the Hogs & Pigs report...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex closed lower with live cattle waiting to see the strength of the cash market while feeder cattle felt the pressure of higher corn prices. Hogs suffered further losses as traders reacted to lower cash and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle showed moderate strength and in line with what the Cattle on Feed report indicated. Feeder cattle were the beneficiaries of the weakness of corn. Hogs could not find support due to the weakness cutouts were showing...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle could not find any direction Friday as traders waited for the release of the Cattle on Feed report. Feeder cattle were under pressure from the rebound of corn. Hogs regained a good portion of what was lost on...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    It was a weird Thursday for the cattle complex with live contracts under pressure while feeders posted strong gains. Higher cash prices in the North failed to generate buying interest. Hogs took a beating as slower slaughter and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    There was pressure on cattle futures Wednesday as cash prices were not looking as promising for the week as had been anticipated. Even lower grain prices could not support the market, which sets a weak tone for Thursday. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle were higher much of Tuesday but slipped back into the close with futures posting minor losses. On the other hand, feeder cattle were very strong with triple-digit gains in reaction to substantially lower corn futures...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle had a moderate close Friday as there was little fundamental news for the day. Cash business had been done and futures had already compensated for the strong gains for the week. Hogs put in another strong day as...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Even though there was a $2.00 bump higher in cash trade for Southern cattle, live cattle struggled as traders felt higher cash was already priced in. Lower feeder cattle provided an anchor on the ability for live cattle to move...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle posted a strong day Wednesday as cash prices jumped and a brisk slaughter pace returned. Hogs moved higher in their own right as strong cash Tuesday provided needed support. Gains were limited by lower cutouts again.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle were able to close higher Tuesday as some initial light cash trading activity points to higher cash. Feeder cattle closed mixed as it struggled technically. Hogs had pressure on the nearby months with July holding a...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle put in a wild Monday with futures gapping lower on the open and plummeting substantially lower before traders realized the weakness might have been overdone. Economic concerns came to the forefront. Hogs performed well...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled back into the weekend after a strong week. Packer buying interest continued Friday but that did not provide further support into the weekend. Hogs were able to close higher after a brutal week. The...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle traded in somewhat of a narrow range Thursday as no surprises erupted during the day. Cash cattle traded in line with the prices of Wednesday. Hogs fell apart again, even though cutouts found strong support. The low...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The unexpected happened in cattle with cash jumping as much as $4.00 Wednesday. This caused the rally in live cattle futures, bringing feeder cattle contracts along with it. Hogs tried to gain ground earlier in the day but...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle closed higher Tuesday, even though corn regained more ground. Cattle futures are not just about the price of corn but other fundamentals that support prices. Hogs were under pressure early, but buying interest was...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex struggled due to the lack of supportive news other than higher cutouts. With no indication of cash direction, higher corn prices put pressure on the market. Hogs showed promise of higher cutouts early but...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle showed a nice bounce during the second half of last week as the market corrected from being oversold. Feeder cattle were able to find support from weakness in corn futures. Hogs could not follow the strength of cattle...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle again were the leaders with nearby months closing over $3.00 higher. Live cattle again went along for the ride due to little support coming from cash or boxed beef. Hog futures pushed higher for a while but fell...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures were higher across the board with feeder cattle leading the way. Another day of substantially lower corn prices was finally enough to trigger buying in feeder cattle that spilled over into live cattle. Hogs quickly...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex fell Tuesday as a wave of bearishness flowed over the market. Even though grain prices fell, traders were in selling mode and could not be stopped. Cash is anticipated to be lower for cattle this week. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Not a whole lot of change was accomplished in the cattle complex last week to establish a trend. Futures were able to close higher for the week. Some of the exuberance from the beginning of the week waned as the week unfolded...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle finished a ho-hum Thursday with futures moving in a tight range throughout the day. Cash prices were set for the week and export sales provided no support. Hogs turned higher after initially trading lower, supported...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle just could not get anything going Wednesday even though there was further weakness in corn. It was more apparent that cash was going to remain lower for the week, keeping the market under wraps. Hogs tried to push...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle struggled Tuesday with futures only able to close mixed. Feeder cattle took advantage of lower corn futures, posting triple-digit gains with more possible Wednesday. Hog futures took a breather Tuesday, bouncing...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    It was finally a day to see positive trade in all livestock markets. Cattle did a classic rebound after a negative Cattle on Feed report. Hogs continued higher, extending last week's strength.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle floundered, not only because of futures not being able to find support in general, but also due to the Cattle on Feed report that was to be released after the close on Friday. Feeder cattle continued to set new contract...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Nearby live cattle contracts closing positive along with deferred hog contracts. Live cattle showed limited price fluctuations. Feeder cattle were under pressure again despite lower corn futures. Hogs saw lower cash and cutouts.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle and hog futures diverged Wednesday with hogs not succumbing to the pressure on cattle and cattle not finding support from higher hogs. The concern for cattle was that they were unable to rally even though corn futures...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle remained under some pressure Tuesday despite a decline in corn futures. Cash trading lower kept prices under wraps, even though live cattle are already at a discount to cash. Hogs continued to find support in contracts...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle just could not find solid support, even though corn futures closed lower on the day. Feeder cattle capitalized on that with contracts rebounding from the lows. Hog futures had strong buyer interest as Friday...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    It has not been a good week for the livestock complex. Concern over demand seems to be the overriding factor in the market. Cattle may face more pressure next week as packers may not be aggressive. Hog futures continue to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle were mixed but mostly higher as traders believe cash had been set for the week, leaving little reason to press the market to the downside. Feeder cattle felt the pressure from higher corn futures. Hogs could not find...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The only positive from the livestock complex Tuesday was May and June hogs closing higher. Hog futures were on a roller coaster as contracts ebbed and flowed much of the day. Cattle made an initial attempt to move higher early...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle did not react to lower corn futures with traders focusing on different influences rather than just trading opposite corn. Probably the biggest is the concern over the economy and inflation. Hogs saw a strong day for...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures declined as traders were disappointed in the performance of the cash market during the week. Feeder cattle were able to find minor support from lower corn. Hogs fell back as cutouts showed further weakness.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle did not have much to go on with limited trade in the cash market at steady money and little help from the corn market Thursday. Hogs were able to push higher again as traders buy back into the market and cutouts were...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Hog futures found solid footing Wednesday as technical downside objectives were fulfilled, and packers became very aggressive in their quest for hogs. Cattle floundered as light cash business Wednesday showed steady cash.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle rallied again off the weakness of corn, nearly eliminating the losses from last week. Live cattle went along for the ride but only posted minor gains as traders pondered cash potential. Hogs continued to plummet...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex found the catalyst needed to lift prices higher from the pressure on grain prices. Feeder cattle led the charge with the August contract closing $5.80 higher. Hogs suffered further losses as traders continue...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex closed in the red Friday with cattle posting losses even though cash was steady or higher for the week. Hogs fell apart on Friday, following the path of least resistance.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle could not capitalize on steady to higher cash this week with June futures closing at the lowest level since April 8. Feeder cattle futures bounced but not until after new lows were made. Hogs closed higher after three...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The exuberance that developed in live cattle Tuesday was quickly eliminated Wednesday. Packers did not need to increase bids to get cattle from what had already been established during the week. Feeders plummeted on increasing...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures were able to post gains Tuesday due to steady to higher cash trade. Feeder cattle were under pressure due to higher corn futures. Hogs posted the largest declines due to continued concern over demand.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures reacted to bearish Cattle on Feed report as anticipated in conjunction with higher corn prices. Futures gapped lower on the open and never looked back. Hogs led the weakness due to uncertainty of demand and...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle were more a victim of positioning ahead of the Cattle on Feed report than anything else. Futures gained around $2.00 last week due to higher cash prices and tighter supplies. Hogs made a nice rebound after three days...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle and hog futures diverged with strength continuing in the cattle complex while weakness continued in hogs. Cash traded steady with the week for cattle leaving much of Thursday's move as continued short covering. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures took off riding on the strength of higher cash defying higher grain prices. Futures did not seem to be affected by higher feed prices as traders were focused on cash strength with optimism over higher prices...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Packers wanted and needed cattle with more trade developing in the South $1.00 higher than last week. However, Northern dressed cattle bids jumped $4.00 higher where feedlots let go of cattle, calling it a victory. Hogs pushed...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle felt the pressure from higher corn futures as the cost of production continues to rise. The pressure spilled over into live cattle as this may reduce some of the bargaining power feedlots might have this week. Hogs...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures ended the holiday-shortened week mixed but generally slightly lower. After cash business was established during the week and futures adjusted, traders did not see much more to do before the weekend. Hogs made an...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle found support from packers becoming more aggressive Wednesday, paying upwards of $4.00 more for dressed cattle overcoming the new highs in corn futures. Hogs struggled closing lower as cash price faltered with limited...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex finally found some footing despite higher grain prices. The winter storm that is affecting cattle and some initial higher cash trade this week supported cattle futures. Packers paid more for hogs, giving...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle posted a stronger close Monday somewhat tied to lower corn price and somewhat due to the winter storm moving through some cattle country. Hogs closed moved moderately higher with some strength from higher cutouts, but...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Friday was another day when cattle futures were not able to accomplish much. The market seems to be in a consolidation mode and may remain that way much of this week. Hogs followed much of the same pattern with the exception...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures moved within a tight range Thursday with traders having little to go on. Most of the trading for the week has been done at steady cash. Feeder cattle were the target of spread trading. Hog futures tried to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex was able to post gains at midweek as selling pressure subsided. This may have been more directly associated with weaker grain prices. Liquidation in hogs finally ran its course, which may result in traders...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex was under pressure again due to the rise of grain prices. Steady cash for live cattle provided little support to futures pushing April to a discount. Hogs held for much of the day but the inability of futures...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock complex was under pressure Monday with hogs leading the way lower. Lower cash and continued liquidation hit hog futures hard as stops were hit and the market pancaked lower. Cattle felt the pressure of higher feed...