Raw milk farmer fined for violating holding order

Raw milk farmer convicted on misdemeanor charge last month

Published On: Jun 13 2013 05:58:18 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 13 2013 06:05:36 PM CDT
BARABOO, Wis. -

The Sauk County farmer who drew attention to the raw milk movement was fined $1,000 plus court costs for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge last month.

Vernon Hershberger was acquitted on three charges related to raw milk sales at his Loganville farm, but only convicted of violating a holding order placed on products on his farm.

“To me, just looking at this case, the sentence, the verdict, I guess I would say even the maximum sentence would be a small price to pay for what I have received,” said Hershberger.

The prosecution has asked for a $3,000 fine and 12 months probation. Hershberger received no probation.

Hershberger's supporters contend he was targeted because he sold raw milk through a private buying club.

Hershberger faced a year in jail and $10,000 in fines on the initial charges.