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State Supreme Court to hear Walworth County case

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Gazette Staff
October 26, 2007
— The Wisconsin Supreme Court will try and settle a dispute between a Walworth County farmer and an animal nutrition consultant.

The court will examine a case between Jeannie Hefty of Heft-Kat Farm, W2154 Highway D, Elkhorn, and Daniel R. Strickhouser, a dairy cow nutritionist.


Milk production on Hefty’s farm increased for a time after Hefty hired Strickhouser, of N6577 Hodunk Road, Elkhorn. But Hefty in 2004 filed suit against Strickhouser and ADM Alliance Nutrition in Walworth County Court after production dropped and the cows began showing signs of illness.


The defendants asked to have the case dismissed, and Judge Michael Gibbs ordered a 20-day deadline for Hefty to respond. Hefty was five days late, and the court gave the victory to the defendants.


Hefty won an appeal. The District 2 Court of Appeals said it was not convinced Gibbs had sufficient reason to impose a shorter time limit for Hefty to respond.


Strickhouser is asking the Supreme Court to determine if the Court of Appeals exceeded its authority and to what extent circuit courts have inherent authority to control their own dockets.


The case is one of 16 the Supreme Court decided to accept earlier this month. The court declined to hear three other cases from Walworth County.



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