Last Updated: April 02, 2015

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The strong pull of family

MOTHER and son duo Annette and Nathan Bonk are a force to be reckoned with in the world of competitive tractor pulling.

$5b windfall for rural Vic

Macarthur wind farm in western Victoria..

WIND farms worth almost $5 billion are poised to be built across Victoria.

Second piggery under threat

Jo Stritch and her husband Andrew from Happy Valley Free Range Farm, who farm pork on Human Choice guidelines.

ANOTHER Victorian free-range piggery is being threatened with closure under the state’s planning laws.

Support for Basin

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

THE Federal Government has acknowledged it needs to give Murray-Darling Basin communities “greater cert­ainty”.

Kelly’s can-do attitude saved day

 Peter Kelly is the CEO of SPC Ardmona, pictured at their factory in Shepparton.

THERE to shut down the company, this managing director found a nation willing him to do the opposite, writes ROB HARRIS

Hazelwood fire inquiry to reopen

Helicopters drop loads of water on the Hazelwood Open Cut Coal Mine to try and extinguish a fire that has been burning for th...

A POTENTIAL spike in deaths from a Victorian coalmine fire will be investigated when an inquiry into the blaze is reopened.

Test-tube beef prediction ridiculed

Test-tube beef prediction ridiculed

FARMERS have laughed off a claim that laboratory-grown beef is more sustainable than cattle farming.

Libs, Nats deal doubt

Liberal Party Convention

THE Victorian Liberals may walk away from a Coalition deal to not contest seats held by the National Party.

Harvard lax on cultural sites

Harvard lax on cultural sites

HARVARD University could not provide any evidence it has ­carried out “due diligence” in protecting Abor­iginal objects on a property it is developing.

Grazing ban battle rages on

 Mountain cattlemen at Merrijig near Mansfield in country Victoria. Charlie Lovick with his grandson Jake and horse Sam at hi...

CATTLEMEN believe they can defeat a plan to permanently ban cattle grazing from Victoria’s nat­ional parks.

PETA baulks at evidence

Danny Hoare

PETA has refused to reveal what information it based its campaign against rodeos on.

Anxious wait for rain

SOUTHEAST Australian farmers are hoping predicted rain for Easter will materialise.

Tractor pullet

THE Ellis family of Glengarry West knows the pulling power of free-range eggs. Read their story in FARM, free in this week’s The Weekly Times.

Durum comes up trumps

WHEN Kaniva grower Alwyn Dyer first grew durum wheat he almost dismissed it after one poor season.

WA GM crops ban thwarted

THE West Australian Labor Party’s plan to ban GM crops if it wins government may be stopped by the WA Coalition.

Bitumen bandits hit the road

THE bitumen bandits have returned, swindling rural Victorians out of thousands of dollars.

Wind power brings concerns

Texas Leads Country In Producing Wind Power

VICTORIA enjoys an abundance of brown coal, which has provided cheap electrical power for generations.

Profit before prosperity

Puppies With the Walker Family

FOR more than a decade, the Aust­ralian dairy industry has not grown.

‘Madigan muddies water’

‘Madigan muddies water’

SENATOR John Madigan’s attempt to muddy the waters on the Murray Darling Basin Plan are reckless.

Drought bites in Mallee

Drought bites in Mallee

A LIFE-SIZE plush dog sits beside a table on the footpath outside the bakery in the main street of Birchip.

Anxious wait for rain

John McAlister, Bruarong

SOUTHEAST Australian farmers are hoping predicted rain for Easter will materialise.

Editor's Choice

Berries wait on retailers

 Rebello Wines - Strawberry Cider with Ruth and Matt Gallace on farm at Main Ridge.

DESPITE support from thousands of Aussies, Matilda’s Frozen Fruit is still waiting to lock in supermarket contracts.

Drug test looms for shearers

 Shearing. The Boot Shed. Maungadal Station. Hay.

SHEARERS  could be drug tested at work if a group of Liberal Party members in western Victoria gets its way.


Challenger E Series Launch

AGCO Corp has shared this video of the Challenger E Series Launch with us.


Coolana bull sale

The action at the Coolana bull sale on March 5.


Dairy prices slump at latest auction


DAIRY prices in Fonterra’s GlobalDairyTrade auction have plunged for the second time in a fortnight.

1970s are still the high point

FARM Colin and Sally's Organic Lamb and Beef

THE current high beef cattle prices are lower than the levels of the 1970s.

Wheat rates on roller-coaster

Wheat rates on roller-coaster

THE price for wheat is expected to remain volatile as the world’s grain growing nations look to the US red wheat crop.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle and sheep sale dates.

Lawsons, March 27: $20,000 top

LIVESTOCK: Lawsons Angus Bull Sale

BULLS sold to a top of $20,000 at the Lawsons Angus bull sale at Glenburn today.

Wycheproof, Mar 27: 7000 yarded

Wycheproof, Mar 27: 7000 yarded

JUST under 7000 sheep were yarded at the Wycheproof special store sale today.

Aussie baling history on show

Aussie baling history on show

A TWO-horse pull-power hay press will be displayed at the International Harvester Historic Baling Festival.

Versatile mixers the ideal recipe

Versatile mixers the ideal recipe

GETTING the right blend in a feed ­ration can make a significant difference to the health of a herd.

The strong pull of family

Tractor Pull preview

MOTHER and son duo Annette and Nathan Bonk are a force to be reckoned with in the world of competitive tractor pulling.

Saints to atone for past sins

BENALLA Saints will be out to exorcise its demons when the Goulburn Valley Football League kicks off.

Weekly Times Horse news

Grisly greyhound find

Grisly greyhound find

THE remains of more than 50 greyhounds have been found dumped in bushland near Bundaberg in Queensland.

Cresswell takes over Raiders

Wodonga Raiders FC training

SYDNEY great Daryn Cresswell knew the challenge when he agreed to coach Wodonga Raiders.

Dressage enjoys Renaissance

Dressage enjoys Renaissance

THE youngsters were out in force at Werribee last week for Dressage with the Stars.

Wind power brings concerns

Texas Leads Country In Producing Wind Power

VICTORIA enjoys an abundance of brown coal, which has provided cheap electrical power for generations.

Baird’s new cabinet revealed

Emblems Inquiry

NIALL Blair will become the new Minister for Primary Industries and Water in Premier Mike Baird’s new-look cabinet.

No udder whey but forward

Kylie and Craig Findley Towong Upper

THERE is a pretty simple philosophy that Upper Murray dairy farmers Craig and Kylie Findlay take.

Rural by design

TATYOON hit the jackpot the day Leila Sweeney came to town.

Weekly Times Travel News

Smashin’ pumpkins at 88

Peter Cundall and his pumpkins

LAST October, I wheeled a barrow-load of mixed sheep and poultry manure into my vegetable patch.

Stop the rot this autumn

Stop the rot this autumn

IT HAPPENS every autumn, ­especially in the vegetable garden.

Get set for the big chill

English spinach

IF YOU’RE growing your own backyard tucker, it’s gloriously satisfying but a never-ending job.

Tasty potato salad

Country Living FOOD PAGE

MY LOCAL supermarket has several ready-made potato salads in the deli section.

Banana and rhubarb pie

Banana and rhubarb pie

RHUBARB and banana is an unusual combination but it works well in this pie recipe.

Lamb shanks


THIS recipe for lamb shanks will warm you up as the weather gets cooler.

Gladys delivers punch

GLADYS Sanderson, of Coonooer Bridge, north of St Arnaud, knows how to put the punch into punch.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Veg out on this freaky form

Veg out on this freaky form

SO here’s a monster vegetable, in both senses of the word — big and freakish.

Beer lubricates voters

The Advertiser Library

TRIBUTES to the late Malcolm Fraser flowed in parliament last week.

Climbing the fashion ladder

Climbing the fashion ladder

WHAT? Haven’t you ever seen a calf wearing the latest in galvanised iron jewellery?

Where Diggers rest

Where Diggers rest

WITH the centenary of the Gallipoli landing fast approaching, the Anzacs are front of mind for many.

Fast boat seals deal

Supplied Editorial Fwd: More eco boat pics

PHILLIP Island is synonymous with penguins.

Irresistible Gippsland

Graeme and Rachel Robinson on their dairy farm in Gippsland. Cows. Cattle.

HIKING through Wilsons Promontory National Park is just one of the lures which pull visitors to Gippsland.

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