Last Updated: December 28, 2014

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Scent of summer

LAVENDER is in full bloom at Yuulong Lavender Estate in Mount Egerton.

Uni students turn to ag

Dookie robotic dairy

TERTIARY students are lining up again to choose agriculture as a future career.

Christmas on hold as fire strikes

Grass Fire

FARMERS chose to stay and fight to save their land when fire tore through properties in Victoria’s northeast on Christmas Day.

Holiday road toll rises to three

Holiday road toll rises to three

A MAN has died after his ute collided with a 4WD in northern NSW, pushing the nation’s Christmas road toll to three.

Best present would be rain

Xmas Station Family on Sandhill

ON the edge of the Simpson Desert, Christmas requires just a little more planning than your average coastal celebration.

$30m hit to grape growers

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VICTORIAN grapegrowers are bracing themselves for a $30 million hit to Vietnam exports from next week.

Cattle shortage pushes rates higher

Cattle shortage pushes rates higher

CATTLE prices have ended the year on a high.

'One of the worst droughts in my time'

100 year old Thora Sutton

FOR a century Thora Sutton has weathered many droughts but none compare to the prolonged dry that’s now crippling farmers.

Alpine study buried

 Alpine National Park, Wonnangatta Station, Charlie Lovick, president Mountain Cattlemen's Association & Ministe...

SCIENTIFIC research collected from the high country grazing trial may never see the light of day.

Compensate farmers for CSG: Pivot

Intec Pivot. AGM. Melbourne.

FARMERS should be better compensated for coal-seam gas extraction on their land, according to Incitec Pivot Ltd.

Vic farmers refuse bitumen bandits

Bitumen scam

THE bitumen bandits are now targeting the Western District.

Dooley scoops top ice cream award

ABOUT 12 years ago Dooley Milner had a problem to melt any man.

Big year for cattle industry

WEATHER and statistics will go down as the hallmarks of 2014 for the cattle industry.

The best of the west

IMAGINE having the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful areas of Western Australia.

Cascade of quality flows

MICHAEL McCormack puts great store in knowing all he can about his herd.

Turkey and sweetcorn croquettes

THESE turkey and sweetcorn croquettes are ideal for Christmas entertaining.

Grazing trial left no bite

High country cattle being moved by riders on horseback on the Howqua River near Mansfield.

THE now former Victorian Coalition Government botched the grazing trial from the start.

See the loans dry up

Prairie in North Queensland is struggling with the onset of drought.

WHEN drought occurs, there are some things we can expect to see not far behind.

Shift in how voters choose a party

Andrews Presser

THE swing to smaller players sets the scene for an exciting four years, writes GREG BARBER

Editor's Choice

ATV death toll rises to 15

Border Patrol Agents Monitor U.S. Mexico Border

ATVS have claimed 15 lives this year in a mix of farm-related and recreational activities.

Bitumen scam Con of the bitumen

Bitumen scam

UPDATE: THE bitumen bandits are on the move.

Cascade of quality flows

Cascade of quality flows

MICHAEL McCormack puts great store in knowing all he can about his herd.

Sweet life for young Free spirit

Sweet life for young Free spirit

HE’S only 26 but he runs the biggest organic farm in Victoria — if not Australia — and has plans to keep expanding.

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Zoe Phillips on the Today Show

Weekly Times photographer Zoe Phillips on the Today Show

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Staheli West DewPoint 6110

See what Ryanag's Evan Ryan thinks about the Staheli West DewPoint 6110.

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Woolies’ $100k gift to farmers

Wildlife and stock struggle in drought

THE Daily Telegraph’s We’re for the Bush appeal smashed the $2.5 million barrier, thanks to a generous $100,000 donation­ from Woolworths.

Dairy farmers deliver profit

Puppies With the Walker Family

NORTHERN Victorian and NSW Riverina dairy farmers made the largest farm business profit, a new report says.

Shipping records smashed

Australian beef cattle

RED meat exports are expected to reach record levels — again — this year.

Latest livestock sales

2014 12 05 Wycheproof store sheep sale

THIS week’s cattle and sheep sale dates.

Ballarat, Dec 19: Prices soar

Ballarat, Dec 19: Prices soar

CHRISTMAS came early to vendors at the Ballarat store cattle sale today.

Wangaratta, Dec 19: Fires fuel sales

 Wangaratta cattle sale - 1.2. 2013

FIRES swelled numbers at today’s Wangaratta cattle sale as burnt out farmers took the chance to offload stock.

Actor drives tractor to the Pole

Actor drives tractor to the Pole

THE crew from Antarctica2 have successfully made their way to the South Pole in a Massey Ferguson tractor.

News ATV purchase exposes risk

Aerial Spraying - JOB CAN'T BE MOVED

TOWNSVILLE City Council’s mosquito-spraying program has been thrown into disarray after it purchased cheaper but unsuitable quad bikes.

Scud cleaner at 3000 psi

Scud cleaner at 3000 psi

AUSSIE 30 Scud produces 3000 psi from a 6.5hp Honda petrol engine at a flow rate of 10 litres per minute.

TAC Cup fixture released

AFL Victoria’s TAC Cup 2015 fixture has been released.

Weekly Times Horse news

Country footy club's big court win

Echunga Football Club

A COUNTRY football team relegated to a lower division after winning the A-grade flag has won a court challenge against the decision.

Ballarat Cup investigated

 Nights of Glory, Ballarat. Anthony Butt drives Stunin Cullen to the line to win the Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup.

THE late scratching of all but four horses from the 2014 Ballarat Pacing Cup is being investigated.

Hooper heads home

Hooper heads home

FORMER Western Bulldog Andrew Hooper has signed with the North Ballarat Roosters.

$30m hit to grape growers

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VICTORIAN grapegrowers are bracing themselves for a $30 million hit to Vietnam exports from next week.

Tree farm’s Chinese offshoot

Blerick Tree Farm

TRADE deals between small Australian farms and big Chinese companies are secured through complex negotiations.

Loch, stock and barrel

SOUTH Gippsland’s Craig Johnson and Melinda Davies are breaking new ground at the Loch Brewery and Distillery.

Weekly Times Travel News

A fresh festive feast

A fresh festive feast

I INTEND to spend Christmas Day gardening.

Spread love with roses

Spread love with roses

I WILL never apologise for my brutal treatment of roses.

The propagation guide

Rhodo Glen nursery

WITH little effort, it’s easy to fill your garden at virtually no cost.

Diabetic Christmas cake

St Ives Lions Club Christmas Cake. on sale for ses

TRY this delicious recipe for diabetic Christmas cake.

All you need is loaf

CL Food

STRAWBERRIES are looking particularly good at the moment.

Asparagus and mint coleslaw

CL Food

THIS week’s column is about to set the record straight.

The Lego Farmer goes online

ONE little man is having a big impact on Aimee Snowden’s life.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Light horse

CHRISTMAS shoot. Clydesdale horse Brigalow in a pine plantation.

CLYDESDALE Brigalow makes light work of the festive season.

Bale art goes festive

Bale art goes festive

IT’S Santa madness out there.

Chrissy the cow

Chrissy the cow

THIS Christmas we should spare a thought for those who share their birthdays with Jesus.

The best of the west

The Pinnacles

IMAGINE having the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful areas of Western Australia.

Scintillating Shanghai

Scintillating Shanghai

WE THOUGHT we were prepared for Shanghai.

Gems hidden at Stratford

Stratford

IT WAS a stroke of genius when they named Stratford, the Gippsland town east of Sale, located by the Avon River.

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