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Raw milk farmer fined for violating holding order

Raw milk farmer convicted on misdemeanor charge last month

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.

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