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 Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is finally showed a rebound of price. The duration of this rebound may be limited, but it is time to correct a severely oversold market. June live cattle continue to struggle trading slightly lower after rebounding...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle continue under pressure with triple-digit losses in feeder cattle while live cattle show double-digit declines in June while later contracts also show triple-digit losses. Spill-over selling from hogs is putting on the pressures...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures continue to follow through to the downside making new lows for the move. The exception in June live cattle as that has adjusted to lower cash for the week. Live cattle futures are back to the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live cattle futures continue to exhibit weakness as nine consecutive days of losses keep long liquidation alive. Lean hogs showed spread trading between May and June, resulting in a substantial price divergence. Optimism will remain...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures closed higher, but could not hold a candle to the strength of hogs. The only contract of cattle posting triple-digits gains was June live cattle. Front-month feeders closed $0.45 lower and are staying closer to...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle are showing green on the screen with the exception of front-month March which is slightly negative. So far futures prices as confined to posting a lower high and still negative. Live cattle are showing triple-digit...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Feeder cattle could not hold gains into the close Wednesday. Live cattle posted gains, but not by very much. However, trading activity did correct the market from being oversold after two days of losses. The hog rally fizzled out...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures are seeing some stability after two days of losses. Futures opened slightly lower, then suffered further losses before buying was uncovered pushing the market higher. The price rebound is correcting on oversold...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures suffered significant losses again Tuesday. This should be met with some buyer interest after two days of pressure. The problem is that the decline did significant technical damage to the charts, which may be...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures are low again struggling after the Cattle on Feed report was released and digested. Technical support was taken out in live cattle while feeders have held just above support, but have taken back much of the gains...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live cattle futures were lower Monday, but at least they did not fall out of bed. Feeders came under greater pressure eliminating the gains of Friday. Hogs exhibited strength posting triple-digit gains for the second consecutive day.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures have whipsawed over the past few days. New contract highs in live cattle were short-lived with feeders falling back mostly eliminating the gains of Friday. The anticipating for high cash and the disappointment of a...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    A strong close in both cattle and hog futures should generate further buying activity from traders as resistance levels were breeched in many contracts. This may spark further short-covering.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures are extending gains with double-digit numbers. Live cattle are a bit more hesitant as traders square up positions ahead of the Cattle on Feed report. Hogs are off to the races with strong triple-digit gains...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle market should start the day with follow-through buying as more short-covering takes place. However, that will temper as traders positions themselves for the Cattle on Feed report.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Buying interest pushed feeder cattle higher with triple-digit gains in contracts through August. April is leading the charge with a gain of $1.62. Futures prices remain near the highs of the day. Live cattle are being dragged along...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live cattle futures seem to have stalled after a steady uptrend spanning nearly three weeks. Feeder cattle futures seem to be under similar pressure. Hogs futures continue to hit price resistance as they move sideways.