Last Updated: October 13, 2015

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Water sale bottler of an idea

A SIXTH-generation apple orchardist says growers are being forced to find new ways to make a profit off the land due to rising costs.

Drought loans imminent

Agriculture minister visits Birchip

CONCESSIONAL drought loans could be given the go-ahead this week, according to Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford.

Medical cannabis lucrative

Medical cannabis lucrative

AUSTRALIA could be on the verge of a lucrative industry if medicinal cannabis is given the green light by federal Parliament.

Labor comes to the table

Labor comes to the table

NEGOTIATIONS to get the China free-trade agreement through Parliament will begin in earnest.

Hailstorm blasts Ardmona orchards

Red peaches hang on a tree between green leaves.

UPDATE: A HAILSTORM that hit the Goulburn Valley yesterday evening has damaged up to 100 per cent of some stone fruit crops.

Crews contain Lancefield bushfire

Fires. Lancefield

A BUSHFIRE that destroyed four homes and more than 3100 hectares of land in central Victoria has been contained.

Former AWB execs in court


TWO former AWB Limited leaders should have reasonably known payments to Jordanian trucking firms were designed to circumvent Iraq trade sanctions, a court has heard.

GrainCorp battles for growers

Harvest rolling in at Graincorp receival in Geelong

GRAINCORP will meet increased competition for grain along its eastern seaboard network with shorter payment terms.

Chinese buy nation’s largest dairy

Mike Guerin CEO of The Van Diemen's Land Company with heifers at Woolnorth in the north west of Tasmania. Wed 18h Oct 2012 pi...

AUSTRALIA’S largest and oldest dairy farm has been effectively sold for $220 million to Chinese owners.

Cruel cut

Andrew Weidemann, Rupanyup

SCORCHING temperatures and hot winds have devastated crops just weeks out from harvest.

Nationals put PM to water test

Nationals put PM to water test

MALCOLM Turnbull faces rising tensions with the Nationals over a key plank of the written Coalition agreement.

China FTA given green light

China FTA given green light

A PARLIAMENTARY committee report will recommend the China free-trade agreement should be approved by all parties.

Manangatang Races

People travelled far and wide for the ultimate country racing experience at Manangatang.


Lancefield bushfire

Arresting images of the bushfire at Lancefield, Victoria, by Zoe Phillips.


Mother bin gets sassy new curves

CURVED sides could be the new trend in mother bins if this is anything to go by.

Deni Ute Muster

Thousands of blue singlets and utes descended upon Deniliquin for the annual muster.


Mingles support carers

CARERS in regional and rural Victoria are getting some respite, thanks to Carers Victoria’s Mingles program.

Missing link in rail tale

Murray Basin rail network upgrade

THE Nationals and Liberals appear to be at odds on the Murray Basin Rail project.

How to pass stress test

Walgett Drought

LIVING in rural Australia can be very rewarding. However, farming can be stressful.

Hard-earned legacy demands care

Abandoned shearing shed near Lake Boga

ONE of the wool industry’s legacies to today’s wool growers is its long history of democracy.

Editor’s Letter: September 2015

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

LEADERSHIP is a tricky business. It’s all about juggling stakeholders.

Pick a peck

FARM: Eggsellent Chickens

CHOOKS and cherries have little in common.

Editor's Choice

Vanessa survives spitting image

Vanessa survives spitting image

OUR Alfies competition has gone off with dozens of you sending in your selfies taken with your favourite animals.

Bull baa

Tom Bull,

FROM humble beginnings, the Bull family’s Lambpro seedstock business has grown to become the biggest supplier of prime lamb genetics in Australia.


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.


Breeders foresee tasty future

FAMILY team Kerry, Peter and Richard Heazlewood see a strong future for the Belted Galloway breed.

Mixed views on ‘new’ show

Dairy Sections

ORGANISERS have given the new-look youth-focused dairy competition at the Royal Melbourne Show the tick of approval.

Murrays to the fore

 Royal Melbourne Show. Cattle Judging. Monday. Angus judge Jack Woodburn, from Forbes (NSW), looks over PJ Collins' Merridale...

LIVESTOCK breeds with low stud registration numbers have outnumbered popular breeds at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

Finley’s finest


AGRICULTURE is one of the most popular subjects at Finley High School in NSW.

The Royal Melbourne Show

Early bud burst again

Glenmaggie Wines

DRY conditions and warm weather have led to another early bud burst in parts of Victoria.

US quota to affect prices

Ballarat Beef Cattle Sale

THE US export market looks to impact Aussie beef prices by the end of the year.

Odds defied in dry

Odds defied in dry

STORE sheep are continuing to make solid prices in districts which are battling dry conditions.

Jerilderie, October 9: Good offering

jerilderie sheep sale - 9.10.2015

MERINO ewes sold to $196 at Jerilderie as the failing spring took its toll on prices.

Hot weather hurts prices at Yea

Hot weather hurts prices at Yea

THE weekend’s sizzling weather had to opposite effect on prices at the fortnightly Yea store cattle sale on Friday, with the price correction hitting with force.

Warragul, October 9: Big demand

DAIRY: Warragul Sale

FRESHLY-calved Friesian cows sold to a top of $2950 at a multivendor sale at Warragul.

Cut-price loader ticks boxes

Cut-price loader ticks boxes

THE Korean-made Branson range has expanded in Australia with the release of the F42R 40hp compact tractor.

Vintage heaven for sale


IF there is a heaven on earth for avid collectors of farm machinery and vintage vehicles then Trev Moresi’s backyard shed in Boort is surely it.

Krone baler gives light relief

LIVESTOCK farmers, especially horse owners, will appreciate this clever innovation from Krone.

Saints in heaven

BENALLA ended a four-decade premiership drought by defeating Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final.

Weekly Times Horse news

Dennison has two big wins

Dennison has two big wins

THE Northern Victorian Show Jumping Club spring show at the weekend was a resounding success.

Kilmore switch gets thumbs down

Weekly Times Sherrin Footy

UPDATE: KILMORE faces an uncertain future after Riddell District league clubs voted against its proposed league switch last night.

Frenzy for giant fish

Frenzy for giant fish

A POSSIBLE hoax has triggered the trout fishing equivalent of a gold rush on a tranquil Victorian stream.

Crops lose out over water fight

Generic Thinkstock image of young woman drinking water from bottle outdoors.

WHO knew bottling water could be more profitable than growing fruit? But it is and the issue is at the heart of a dispute in the state’s north east, says Ed Gannon.

Labor comes to the table

Labor comes to the table

NEGOTIATIONS to get the China free-trade agreement through Parliament will begin in earnest.

Place of shed experiences

A DOG-EARED copy of The Weekly Times sits on the table in the middle of the Boort men’s shed.

Weekly Times Travel News

Time for a killing spree

Time for a killing spree

SPRING is a time of soft, young shoots and, unfortunately, attacks from sap-sucking pests that feed from them.

A magical paradise

A magical paradise

WHEN walking through parts of our cool-climate garden in spring, I feel as if I’m floating through a paradise of colour and fragrance.

Spring into action now

Spring into action now

SUNLIGHT is now pouring in, warming the soil and extended daylight hours are stimulating a massive sprouting of new growth.

Against the rules

CL Food Page

IN MOST polite circles, the union of fish and cheese has long been frowned upon, but in some culinary circumstances, rules can comfortably be broken.

Layers of tasty appeal

CL Food Page

There’s something really satisfying about making your own lasagne, layering the ingredients to create a dish that has visual appeal as well as great taste.

Fish for complement

CL Food Page

THE warmer weather invariably prompts a change of diet away from the winter’s comfort foods.

Vanessa survives spitting image

OUR Alfies competition has gone off with dozens of you sending in your selfies taken with your favourite animals.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Muster been a far off connection

Muster been a far off connection

GOOD to see some publicity for the Omeo High Country Muster next month.

Ask Agnes: Retirement worries

Ask Agnes: Retirement worries

DEAR Agnes, I’m a bit worried about my retirement nest egg, what with this roller coaster share market.

Laughing gear: Criminal trial

Laughing gear: Criminal trial

AFTER a difficult two-week criminal trial in a bank robbery case, the jury finally ends its 14 hours of deliberations.

Fortified by the past

 Tastes of Rutherglen. Grapes. Rutherglen winery.

MANDY Jones points to the ceiling of her cellar door.

Making peace with Normandy

Making peace with Normandy

IT’S the middle of summer, the mercury is rising and families are jostling for prime positions on the beach.

Heavenly Charleville

Supplied Editorial

CHARLEVILLE’S claim to fame — according to history — is that it was the town where Qantas’s first flight departed in 1922.

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