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

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

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