Last Updated: September 01, 2015

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Day of Dairy

Spearheading the start of spring

LOU Raffa and son Vince are expecting good-quality asparagus spears at their farm in Tooradin.

Boost for irrigators

Open irrigation channels on farm land and water wheel at Cohuna, Victoria on the Murray River 10 Apr 2002.

RAINFALL in North East Victoria has boosted irrigation allocations for the Murray catchment.

Brace for bushfire risk

 Generic images of bushfire damage in rural victoria. Burnt out fence close to road - many locals have complained wooden fenc...

A LONGER and more severe bushfire season summer will test fire fighting agencies, according to a new outlook.

Upgraded milk plant opens

Fonterra Logo Standard Large

FONTERRA’S investment at the Cobden will boost the value of southwest dairy products, says a local leader.

Funding boost for young farmers

Funding boost for young farmers

YOUNG farmers have received a boost in the form of a Federal Government funding commitment of $500,000.

Bendigo fights back

Rally Outside Bendigo Town Hall

BENDIGO traders have hit back after the weekend’s protests with a campaign to lure people to the regional city.

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Summerfruit Australia joins NFF

Summerfruit Australia joins NFF

SUMMERFRUIT Australia is the latest organisation to join the National Farmers’ Federation ranks.

Warning over China delay

Australian labour unions

THERE would be serious long-term implication if the China free-trade agreement is scuttled, Australians are being warned.

Fire guts Yea pub

Fire guts Yea pub

THE historic Country Club Hotel in Yea has been gutted by fire.

Reliable ag stats ‘a must for Oz’

Reliable ag stats ‘a must for Oz’

AUSTRALIA must find better ways to collate agricultural data, Australian Farm Institute director says.

Victorian CFA chair quits post

CFA Awards

VICTORIAN Country Fire Authority chair Claire Higgins has quit.

Footy, August 31

Photographers share their best country footy photos from the weekend.


Tigers crush roos

Colac and District FNL semi final leaves Simpson Tigers roaring to the grandfinal.


New 9RX most expensive JD ever

THE new 9RX quad track crop monster is the most expensive tractor John Deere has produced.

Roo situation is ‘out of control’

THE kangaroo situation is “out of control”, according to a Harcourt orchardist and cider maker.

Winter’s last gasp

THE season in parts of Victoria is on a knife edge, days from the spring finishing period for crops.

Action on right-to-farm laws

Blackmore Wagyu

IT TOOK a celebrity to finally illicit action on Victoria’s fractured right-to-farm laws.

Labor’s lost the plot

Labor’s lost the plot

WE CANNOT afford to have Labor wreck the China FTA.

Abbott puts own interests first

Joel Fitzgibbon

TRADE liberalisation is unequivocally a good thing for Australia.

White hot at Bendigo

Dean Cameron

DEAN and Mandy Cameron names with Western District White Suffolk stud Noremac - it’s their surname backwards.

The Duckman: Balanced on blade

The Duckman: Balanced on blade

WHEN you are short on grass but long on words, it might be time to hit the books.

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MP airs roo kill plan

Jumping For Joy

KANGAROOS would be hunted and killed by recreational shooters under a plan by a Victorian MP.

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Farmer of the Year

Bingham's Midwest 60-foot harvester front

The MidWest Durus Premium 60-foot (18m) draper front owned by Bingham Harvesting has been at work in Bolac White wheat in Skipton, Victoria. The Weekly Times Justin Law caught up with Dan Bingham to find out how the worlds biggest header front was performing.


Special delivery

A light plane dropped chips to fans at the Worksafe Game of the Month on Sunday in the Mid Gippsland Football League match between Thorpdale and Mirboo North.


Lamb loot the toast of August

corowa prime lamb and sheep sale

A LATE winter buying spree for lamb has pushed Victorian values up by $40-plus for some weights.

Bega Cheese profits sliced

 Barry Irvin executive chairman of Bega Cheese

THE global commodity market downturn and strong competition for milk has hit Bega Cheese profits.

Young bulls to reap top dollar

Young bulls to reap top dollar

STRONG but not silly is the outlook for the spring bull selling season.

Warrnambool, August 28: Sell-down

Warrnambool store cattle sale 31.7.15

PREPARATION for an expected dry spring pushed young cattle on to the store market at Warrnambool.

Bairnsdale, August 28: Strong gains

Bairnsdale Store Sale

GROWN steers sold to $1460 at the Bairnsdale store sale where 1950 cattle were yarded.

Warragul, August 28: Strong competition

STRONG competition pushed Friesian cow prices to $3450 at Warragul.

New direction in crop methods

New direction in crop methods

THERE are some clever ideas being used in cropping to maximise yield and minimise outlay.

Cropping data at fingertips

Cropping data at fingertips

CASE IH has launched a machinery data monitoring system, designed to improve efficiency.

Combine less delay, more work

Combine less delay, more work

THE new Case IH Axial-Flow 240 Series combines have a larger grain bin and fuel tank.

Sabell wins league honour

JORDAN Sabell never thought he would take home the East Gippsland league best-and-fairest last week.

Weekly Times Horse news

Fevola flies Pigeon coop

EJ Whitten Legends Game

YARRAWONGA president and co-coach pay tribute to Brendan Fevola, who will leave club at season’s end.

Butsch living life to the full

Phil Butsch Horsham Footballer.

IT WAS just after Christmas 2011 when Phil Butsch got a phone call.

Swampies swamp Buchan

Omeo District FNL, Grand Final, Lindenow South V Buchan

LINDENOW South has spoiled Buchan’s dreams of redemption by claiming a premiership.

Labor’s treachery on trade

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.

THE Labor Party’s campaign to derail Australia’s trade agreement with China borders on treachery.

Warning over China delay

Australian labour unions

THERE would be serious long-term implication if the China free-trade agreement is scuttled, Australians are being warned.

When small is big

Focus: Simon Doolan Organic Dairy

GET bigger or get out has become the reluctant adage for small and medium-sized farmers around Australia.

The woman from way out nowhere

JUDY Edwards has been known to camp out in a paddock at night with a shotgun by her side.

Weekly Times Travel News

Beauty amid the pain

Beauty amid the pain

SOMETIMES we come across unforgettable plants in strange places and even stranger circumstances.

How trees cry for help

How trees cry for help

CITRUS trees cannot think. However, they do have a kind of horticultural memory.

Get ready for spring

Get ready for spring

THE great news is that in less than three weeks we’ll be entering spring.

Roast pork belly bliss

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

PORK belly seems to be one of the meat cuts of the moment.

Try a dollop of delight

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

THE supermarket fridge is full of a huge range of yoghurt products, both natural and flavoured.

Warm to a zesty soup

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

A FRIEND who enjoys a vodka tonic with lime recently brought me a bag of the tasty citrus fruits.

Leap of faith on horse

WE DIDN’T know that vaulting horse was a term that could be used literally.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Dear Agnes: Paper problem

Dear Agnes: Paper problem

DEAR Agnes, I was in a public toilet recently and went to tear off some toilet paper.

Ewe can’t do better

Ewe can’t do better

RECENTLY we showed you how to make the most out of nature.

Crop covered, butt busted

Zero till demonstration day at Pine Grove

HERE’s proof builder’s bum is not just a tradie’s occupational hazard.

Walk the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China

IT RISES up in to your view like something out of another world.

New Outback direction

Charlotte Plains station

RURAL communities do it tough — none more so than those in the Outback.

Art of a one-pub town

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Montague & Gippsland

BRIAGOLONG, in Gippsland, has been hiding a secret.

Environment winning near Koonda

Environment winning near Koonda

THREE exceptional parcels of land in the central Victoria will be offered up separately in Upotipotpon, near Koonda.

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