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Dairy Farmer Won't Stop Running Raw Milk Biz Despite Order


SAUK COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - A southern Wisconsin dairy farmer who sells raw milk says he’ll ignore a state order to stop running a dairy business without a license.

Vernon Hershberger of Loganville sells raw milk and related dairy products to members who pay fees to be customers. The store is not open to the public, but it’s open to the members 3 days a week.

Wednesday, state officials searched his shop, sealed the containers with the products, and gave Hershberger a warrant for not having a license. Ag officials say they’ll let the Sauk County district attorney decide on possible charges.

The move comes just a couple weeks after Governor Jim Doyle vetoed the bill which would have allowed sales of raw milk. But even if Doyle had signed it, state ag officials say Hershberger would have been cited anyway because he doesn’t have a license.

Hershberger told the Madison Capital Times he’ll ignore the authorities and stay open. He says it’s his only source of income – and he does not need a license because his store is not open to the public. Hershberger had a license until February, when he let it expire. The ag department then sent a questionnaire – and when he didn’t respond, authorities brought an inspection warrant.