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Polk County farmer is first to be convicted for not registering his livestock

A Polk County farmer is the first in Wisconsin to be convicted for not registering his livestock with the state.

The law is meant to help officials respond to disease outbreaks, like the one involving pigs in Clark County a couple years back.

But Amish farmers say the registrations go against their religion and an Amish farmer in Clark County is challenging the law.

In the Polk County case, officials said they tried four times to get Patrick Monchilovich of Cumberland to register his farm animals.

That included two visits by an animal health inspector, and a certified warning letter.

He was charged in February, and a judge convicted him last week.

Monchilovich was fined $200 plus 190 in court costs.

The farm animal registration law took effect in November of 2005.