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Hershberger found guilty on only one count in raw milk trial

BARABOO - When Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger is sentenced he could get up to a year in prison on his conviction of violating a holding order placed on products at his farm. Hershberger was found not guilty on three other charges involving allegations he sold raw milk without the necessary state licenses.

The jury in Sauk County returned its verdicts after four hours of deliberations which ended at about 1 a.m. Saturday. One of Hershberger's attorneys calls the result a victory for the food rights movement.

Wisconsin farmers aren't allowed to sell unpasteurized milk directly to buyers because it could make them sick, but many in the food rights movement believe unprocessed milk contains bacteria which can boost the immune system.