Stray voltage lawsuit heard in Wood County

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014 --- 11:01 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A trial is underway in central Wisconsin involving a couple who blames stray voltage for loss of their dairy farm.

Steven and Annette Weyerts are suing Wisconsin Power and Light Company, saying they were misled about voltage levels on their farm in Junction City. The Weyerts say stray voltage hurt or killed their cows and forced them to sell their herd and auction their equipment in 2009.

The Weyerts are asking for damages for lost milk production, the fair market value of their herd, injury to their dairy animals, excessive veterinary expenses and the loss of their farm.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports the couple says the utility tested the farm for stray voltage and told them there were no concerns. Wisconsin Power and Light spokeswoman Annmarie Newman says the service provided to the farm met regulatory standards.

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