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Published August 24, 2010, 08:17 AM

A second trial to be held in case of livestock registry law

Wisconsin News
- A second trial will be held today for the first person convicted of violating a law that requires farmers to register their livestock premises with the state.

BALSAM LAKE - A second trial will be held today for the first person convicted of violating a law that requires farmers to register their livestock premises with the state.

A judge fined Patrick Monchilovich almost 400-dollars last year, because he refused to register the location where he kept his livestock. But Donna Gilson of the state agriculture department said a new trial was granted because the federal government had rejected a national law that’s similar to Wisconsin’s.

Monchilovich will be tried again in Polk County. And Gilson says other prosecutors will be watching, to decide whether to press ahead with similar cases in Grant, Vernon, and Price counties. The premise registration law was adopted a couple years ago, to help state agriculture officials track down disease outbreaks. The Amish have objected heavily to the law, fearing it would lead to the required registration of individual animals. A Clark County judge ruled that an Amish farmer could be exempt due to religious reasons.

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