Last Updated: August 21, 2014

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AFTER five months on the run, Fergus the blackbuck antelope is behind bars in Mansfield.

Alpine plea to Labor

 High country cattle grazier, Charlie Lovick herding cattle on his Merrijig property near Mansfield in Victoria. Charlie has ...

VICTORIA’S mountain cattlemen are pleading for Labor to rethink its tough love stance on alpine grazing.

MIS fear on forest scheme

 Timbercorp plantations near Orford in southwest Victoria. Sign.

A PLAN to plant 20 million new trees nationwide must not replicate the “fiasco” of forestry MIS, farmers warn.

Irrigators seek agency reform

 Generic views of the Murray River at Boundary Bend on Victorian side between Robinvale and Toolybuc.

THE Coalition faces a $120 million-a-year budget hole on its Murray-Darling Basin plan beyond 2017.

Petrol giants 'ripping off' motorists

Petrol giants ‘ripping off’ motorists

ACCC launches legal action against petrol retailers and a fuel market data group, alleging they had shared price information.

One dead in Calder crash


A MAN in his 30s died when he was thrown from a rolling car in a crash on the Calder Freeway in New Gisborne.

Regions hit by drug crime 'epidemic'

Regions hit by drug crime ‘epidemic’

DRUG crime is soaring at alarming levels across regional Victoria due to a saturation of the drug ice in country towns, it is claimed.

Bill a sweetener for apiarists

Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab Studies Colony Collapse Disorder

RED tape will be slashed for beekeepers as a result of changes to be introduced into the Victorian Parliament today.

Laanecoorie farmer fined for cruelty

 Bendigo city court house

A FARMER from Laanecoorie has pleaded guilty to three animal cruelty offences relating to failure to provide proper and sufficient feed to his cattle.

A tasty kale idea sprouts

AUSTRALIAN super foodies can add another vegie to their hipster plates — kale sprouts.

Hefty fines for pig swill feeding

BUSINESSES caught supplying swill for feed could face fines of more than $50,000 under new laws.

Spotlight on animal welfare

BEST practices for mulesing, tail docking and castration are awaiting government approval.

Lack of rain a lamb shame

THE problem with a big forecast rain event is that farmer confidence can be quite dented if it doesn’t eventuate.

Camellia Festival ‘14

THE iconic Mount Waverley camellia festival blossomed over the weekend with more than 800 visitors.


Tough cycle of extremes

Tough cycle of extremes

DROUGHT gripping Queensland and much of NSW can’t break soon enough.

Gas blast for Spring St

Deans Marsh Lloyd Davies

REGIONAL Victorians want a clear answer on whether or not we will see a coal-seam-gas industry.

Letters unsustainable for Aussie Post

Letters unsustainable for Aussie Post

DELIVERING fewer letters to more addresses is unsustainable

Editor's Choice

Parental scheme benefits

Acting Prime Minister

WARREN Truss says the Abbott Government’s parent parental leave scheme will benefit regional Australia.

Rabobank warns of tariffs


RABOBANK warns a China free-trade deal will only be a success if Australia can negotiate a reduction in tariffs.

National weather

The New 'It' Drink Is... Camel Milk??

Step aside, goat's milk. A new milk option is available for the U.S. consumer... and it's camel's milk. Charles Passy joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero for a taste test. Photo: Videoblocks


Secrets of a Great Steak

Ever wonder why steakhouse steaks are so tastyand costly? WSJs Tanya Rivero takes you behind the curtain at NYY Steak Midtown, where Chef Alex Garcia reveals his secrets. From the meat, to the cut, to the dry aging and the prep, well show you what it takes to make amazing steaks.



Should feed pads be subject to local planning laws?

Whitehaven starts mining at Maules Creek

Whitehaven falls to $82m loss

AFTER months of protests, Whitehaven has officially begun open-cut mining at its flagship Maules Creek site in northern NSW.

Heifer exports worth $200m

dairy heifers, cows,

DAIRY heifers worth almost $200 million were exported from Australia last financial year.

Sheep industry rejects e-tags

Charlie De Fegely's Quamby flock at Ararat. Electronic eartagging. Ear tagging. Tag. Sheep. Tag. Identification.

SHEEP, wool and goat producer lobby groups have stepped up their opposition to mandatory e-tags.

Latest livestock sales

Heyfield store cattle sale

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

Ballarat, Aug 15: Steers prices rise

Ballarat, Aug 15: Steers prices rise

PRICES were hot at Ballarat today where steers sold to over 250c/kg.

Tumut, Aug 13: Breeders to $1325

Tumut/Adelong cattle sale

THE wave of enthusiasm for store cattle hit Tumut in NSW today where prices were better than expected.

Massey Ferguson show and tell

Massey Ferguson show and tell

NEW Massey Ferguson tractor and farm machinery ranges will be revealed at the Vision of the Future Expo.

Drones all the buzz at Farmfest

Drones all the buzz at Farmfest

IF THE US Farmfest trade show is anything to go by, the real buzz around the future of farming is overhead.

Poultry in motion

Poultry in motion

COOLER running is one of the features of Dieci Australia’s new Poultry Pro Series 7 telehandler.

Picola opens its books

PICOLA and District president Shane Railton says the league will continue to look at options to expand its competitions.

Weekly Times Horse news

Ednie out of Morris Medal

 Ovens & Murray FL. Round 1. Yarrawonga v Lavington Panthers at Mulwala. Craig Ednie, 3 , Yarrawonga & Matt Pend...

YARRAWONGA star Craig Ednie’s hopes of a second Morris Medal as the O&M best-and-fairest have been dashed.

Saints streak into flag contention

AFL Rd 21 - Sydney v St Kilda

BENALLA is primed to break its 41-year premiership drought after setting a club record 16-game winning streak.

Omeo-Benambra player investigated

Omeo-Benambra player investigated

POLICE are investigating after an Omeo-Benambra player allegedly struck a spectator at Swan Reach on Saturday.

Department store frozen in time

CORSETS, garters, brassieres and long evening gloves — you got them all at Albury’s Abikhair’s Emporium.

Weekly Times Travel News

Get passion in spades

Get passion in spades

IF you want to learn quickly how to grow vegetables, get yourself a passionate teacher.

Brawn and beauty camellias

Camellia Festival

ONE day there was a massive, healthy camellia in bloom, then fire came.

Plant colour and joy

 winter spring flowering plants 14 august 08 pics of the first late winter spring flowering plants for pic cap please. (Photo...

SPRING beckons, so it’s time to put in the hard work right now for your warm-weather colour spectacular.

Koutsantonis rallies behind Beer

Food Manufacturing

SOUTH Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has come to Maggie Beer’s support.

Fix up the leek

Food Pics

EVERYONE has probably heard of the soup resulting in the combination of leek and potato.

Okra out of Africa

Food Pics

OKRA is one of those vegetables you might see in a store but not understand what you can do with it.

Shaun shores up charity funds

THIS London display is enough to send Shaun the Sheep fans into a spin.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Cowboys’ taste for humour

Cowboys’ taste for humour

THE Weekly Times’ writer Peter Hemphill discovered this PETA shirt while on a road trip in the US.



AFTER five months on the run, Fergus the blackbuck antelope is behind bars in Mansfield.

We’re in deep trouble here

We’re in deep trouble here

HOW bogged is bogged? When even a back hoe can’t dig itself out.

Foodies all about travelling

Lamb and wine adventure- Four farmers' follies

IT was while Gippsland farmers Paul and Jenny O’Sullivan were in Europe the idea dawned on them.

A haven of calm at Narbethong

 Saladin Lodge, Kim Rycroft, Narbethong Picture: Supplied

KIM Rycroft proudly shows off Saladin Lodge, built after Black Saturday bushfires.

Chicago, it’s a breeze

24 Hours in Obamaville. Tulips and skyscrapers along Chicago's artery, Michigan Avenue, where the Obamas dined at Spiaggio Re...

TOURISTS who travel to Australia and see Sydney but not Melbourne don’t know what they are missing out on.

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