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Farmer aquitted on 3 of 4 charges in Raw Milk trial

BARABOO, WI  (WRN) -  A Loganville dairy farmer has been found not guilty on 3 charges of selling raw (unpasteurized) milk without the proper licenses.

The jury deliberated in the case against Vernon Hershberger at the Sauk County Courthouse until Saturday morning, and also found him guilty of violating a food holding order, which was a demand from state officials to suspend his operations.

Hershberger took the stand in his own defense Friday. The week-long case brought in observers on both sides of the raw milk issue. Those who advocate for the right to sell raw milk say it’s a matter of personal choice, while others cite health concerns and say unpasteurized milk will lead to foodborne illness.

A sentencing date on the one guilty verdict isn’t yet scheduled for Hershberger