Last Updated: October 23, 2014

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Rupanyup makes a meal of it

GROWERS will put the ongoing dry behind them and let their spirits lift at this weekend’s Barley Banquet.

100 wind jobs axed

100 wind jobs axed

A LARGE Portland manufacturer will sack 100 staff following uncertainty over the renewable energy target.

Live exporters ‘pained by footage’

Animal cruelty pictures

UPDATE: THE live export industry has condemned the latest acts of cruelty in the Middle East and Malaysia.

Three dead in rural shooting

 wedderburn shootings. Pic Daryl Pinder Picture: Daryl Pinder

UPDATE: THREE people have died during a shooting on a rural property at  Logan, near Wedderburn

Motorbike plan ‘brain dead’

Martin Parkinson

AXING laws to fit imported motorbikes with mudguards is “brain dead”, says a Liberal senator.

No change for food dumping laws

Ian Macfarlane

INDUSTRY Minister Ian Macfarlane has admitted the Federal Government will not toughen laws over foreign food imports.

Directors face legal action

 Spikes of wheat with poor grains are seen on a field in Sdier, eastern Germany, on 19 Jul 2006. Farmers in the eastern feder...

THE liquidator of LGL Commodities is set to take five directors of the company to court to try to retrieve up to $6m.

Steer prices higher up north

Heyfield store cattle sale

VICTORIAN young cattle prices are tracking at a significant discount to those in NSW and Queensland.

Crackdown on NSW fire bugs

Crackdown on NSW fire bugs

NSW firebugs who deliberately offend on total fire ban days could face jail or fines up to $132,000.

Echuca farm showdown off


A ROW has erupted over a now cancelled meeting with Echuca farmer John Watson and his opponents.

Southwest dairy swoop backed

The changing face of farming.

THE Australian dairy industry is supporting a Chinese-investor backed deal involving up to 50 farms in Victoria.

Stratos for a rally good time

PHILIP Allen’s 1974 Lancia Stratos Stradale HF, by his own admission, looks like a bit of a spaceship.

Country footy salary cap debate

AFL Victoria will trial a salary cap to put a lid on the rising costs of country footballers.

Farmer raises money for charity

A FARMER’S management tips, presented in a calendar, are raising money for mental health.

Dayne backs his calling

DAYNE Barry is calling the shots on his fledging career as he embarks on becoming Victorian horse racing’s youngest racecaller.

On the straight and narrow

A PLOUGHMAN competes on day one of the 2014 British National Ploughing Championships in Basingstoke, England.

Way clear for smart to prosper

Barnaby Joyce

BARNABY Joyce’s road map for agriculture raises plenty of the issues which brought him to prominence.

Wait and see on R&D

CSIRO protest

RESEARCHERS gathered at Rutherglen to celebrate one of the longest running agricultural trials in Australia.

Southwest Vic attracts foreigners

Southwest Vic attracts foreigners

YOU could be forgiven for believing there was only one region in Australia which produced milk.

Editor's Choice

Glimmer of hope in cancer battle

Spokes of Hope

CANCER can strike anyone without prejudice, with one in three of us likely to suffer it.

Mulesing remains mainstay

Australian Sheep and Wool Show Preview

LESS than 10 per cent of wool is sold as non-mulesed despite a decade-long push to rule out the practice.

Boost for Wangaratta saleyards

Wangaratta special spring weaner cattle sale.

A RE-ELECTED Victorian Government will inject $500,000 into the redevelopment of Wangaratta saleyards.

Micro parties hunt for power

 Bruce Poon (in suit) senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party leads protesters through the city protesting live animal ...

MORE than double the number of parties that ran in the 2010 election will contest the November 29 poll.

National weather

Pykes Creek Reservoir

Ed Smith from Southern Rural Water at Pykes Creek Reservoir


Alpine snow dump

A cold wintry blast has blanketed the Alps with residents of Falls Creek waking to around 10cm of fresh snow. Temperatures plummeted to mid winter levels at minus 3.7C. Further snow flurries are expected tomorrow. Locals revelled in snow play today at the Alpine Village



Should a supermarket code of conduct be mandatory?

Beef numbers defy returns

Beef numbers defy returns

THE number of cattle still coming out of paddocks continues to amaze.

Wagyu debate put to taste test

Wagyu Cattle

CATTLEMAN David Blackmore has no qualms about the Wagyu beef industry being put under the microscope of the ACCC.

Forestry loan scheme call

 NEWS: Timbercorp plantation, projects being assessed.

THE Senate Economics Committee has asked ASIC to ­investigate financing of loans to investors in a ­forestry managed scheme.

Latest livestock sales

Heyfield store cattle sale

THIS week’s cattle, sheep and dairy sale dates.

Wycheproof, Oct 17: Strong buying

Wycheproof, Oct 17: Strong buying

DRY conditions weakened restocker appetite for sheep last week at the sale of 11,000 sheep at Wycheproof.

Ballarat, Oct 17: Prices down

Ballarat, Oct 17: Prices down

PRICES at Ballarat were cheaper today with steers estimated by agents to be $50-70 easier.

Case mid-sized tractor updated

Case mid-sized tractor updated

CASE IH has hit the 100hp market with its new Farmall C mid-size tractor range.

Taking the hard work out of baling

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

A BALE accumulator and Tenpack Bale Grab were getting plenty of attention at the Elmore Field Days.

Stratos for a rally good time

Motorclassica Preview

PHILIP Allen’s 1974 Lancia Stratos Stradale HF, by his own admission, looks like a bit of a spaceship.

Country footy salary cap debate

AFL Victoria will trial a salary cap to put a lid on the rising costs of country footballers.

Weekly Times Horse news

Angler reels in mythical tunicorn

Supplied Editorial

A NORTH Australian fisho got the shock of his life when he reeled in a tunicorn.

Blues skies shine over Geelong Cup

Cup day social pics

THE weather gods have given their blessing to this year’s Geelong Cup.

Dayne backs his calling

Dayne Barry Young Racecaller

DAYNE Barry is calling the shots on his fledging career as he embarks on becoming Victorian horse racing’s youngest racecaller.

Mont De Lancey is a treasure

SURROUNDED by orchards, Mont De Lancey homestead sits snugly in a postcard-perfect landscape.

Weekly Times Travel News

Grow the right pumpkins

 Greengrocer John van den Bosch mobile fruit and vegetable market, pumpkins for sale

THERE’S not much point growing a big crop of pumpkins if the varieties selected are poor keepers.

A spring in their step

A spring in their step

SOMETIMES even the most hardy of flowering performers need a good feed to lift their spirits.

Spuds with little effort

Spuds with little effort

AFTER almost four months away from our vegetable patch I returned to be confronted by giant weeds.

Heinz recalls canned beetroot

 03/05/2007: 03/05/2007: 21 Dec 2005 Golden Circle cannery - New equipment in the high speed packing plant PicBruce/Long conv...

HJ Heinz has recalled Golden Circle Beetroot Slices due to the potential for microbial growth.

Make your own chocolate bites

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

ALMONDS are one of the great assets of the kitchen, used in both sweet and savoury cooking.

Australian pancake recipe goes viral

Australian pancake recipe goes viral

AN AUSSIE pancake recipe has gone viral in the most unexpected way.

Cow reaches new heights

YOU could almost slap a saddle on this cow and enter her in the Melbourne Cup.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Shed of the week

BACK PADDOCK: Sheds. Old sheds. Falling down sheds.

BACK Paddock has been thinking about what agricultural architecture is worthy of preservation.

Have a dip at names

Have a dip at names

BACK Paddock was driving on Challicum Rd last week and off the to the right was Dip Rd.

That’s probably not roadworthy

That’s probably not roadworthy

HAY bale artists are inspired and churning out new installations.

Plumbing the depths

State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi. Ex-miner Lou Storti holds up a lump of coal.

AT FIRST, walking a steep path down into the earth’s crust does not feel so bad.

San Fran just made for kids

Supplied Travel FW: Pic # 1 Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the lookout at the Marin Headlands

FINDING family-friendly activities in big cities isn’t always easy, but San Fran is full of them.

Return to the Blue Mountains

Harry Karavias

TRAVELLERS are encouraged to return to the Blue Mountains, as the region recovers from bushfires.

Restoration rescue

Restoration rescue

WHEN Geoffrey Ward first saw the 1870s homestead on the banks of the Murray River, his first thought was to raze it.

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