Last Updated: October 21, 2014

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Fleeces fly at Patchewollock

IT’S not quite the race that stops the nation, but this flock of flying sheep brought one tiny town to a standstill at the weekend.

Farming vision unveiled

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland

UPDATE: BARNABY Joyce says biosecurity remains “the greatest threat” to Australian agriculture.

Green Paper’s cool reception

Opposition Agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce pictured at The Global Food Forum in S...

LABOR says Barnaby Joyce’s future plan for agricultural is full of problems but light on solutions.

Hail flattens Wheatbelt crops

Wild weather Wheatbelt storm

HAIL and heavy rain has flattened some Wheabelt crops, causing thousands of dollars damage.

Safeguarding waterways a must

 Mt Gambier's Blue Lakes water levels are dropping.Mt Gambier's Blue Lakes water levels are dropping. Aquifer Tours owner and...

MINING and agriculture can only coexist if the health of aquifers and waterways can be safeguarded.

Supermarket fears over Green Paper

Supermarket fears over Green Paper

SUPERMARKETS fear Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper will undermine competition law review.

Water woes warning

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

THE soon-to-be abolished National Water Commission urges governments not to “drop the ball” on water.

New dairy company to be born

Glenormiston College

UPDATE: A deal has been struck to take control of between 40 and 50 dairy farms in Victoria.

Scorcher for South Australia

 19.10.2014. Lily Hart , 8, Campbelltown, makes the most of the above average October temperatures. ( mum is Michelle 0403 00...

TEMPERATURES in parts of South Australia are on track to hit 40C tomorrow.

Farmers abandon CFS over fire levy

farmer budget

SA FARMERS are deserting the Country Fire Service in droves to protest against increases in the emergency services levy.

Victoria Police radios compromised

Victoria Police radios compromised

CRIMINALS are using a smartphone app to track police movements in country Victoria.

Tuppal’s nod to farming roots

THOUSANDS flocked to the inaugural Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival at the weekend.

Skipton celebrates 175 years

SKIPTON’s wool growing community has plenty to celebrate this year.

Eye on Equitana

DRESSAGE riders made the most of the weekend with competitions at Boneo Park and Werribee Park.

Macedon’s art oasis

IT’S the ultimate events calendar for any culture vulture.

NZ dairy farmers go for barns

FEED efficiency drove Owen and Cathy Copinga to install a barn on their New Zealand dairy farm.

CSG website may prove a pitfall

CSG website may prove a pitfall

LAUNCHING a website that allows landholders to search what mining licences surround their property is welcome news.

Move only if it’s right

Move only if it’s right

IT SHOULD be up to industry, not government, where R&D bodies are based, writes ROB HARRIS

Canberra unmoved on centralisation

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.

GET out of town was the cry of federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce last week.

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The age of anxiety is upon us

The age of anxiety is upon us

EARLIER last month was women’s health week and I missed it!

Bird’s-eye view an appealing sight

Bird’s-eye view an appealing sight

A TRACTOR pulls a potato harvester at the Lupini Farm along Route 339 in Mifflinville, Pennsylvania.

Fitzgibbon in bush push

Fitzgibbon in bush push

LABOR frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon says the party must boost its campaigning in rural Australia.

Tight fight in the margins

 Max and Jean Dunstan, Casterton are unhappy with the Glenelg highway between Casterton and Coleraine (and all the way to Bal...

THE Western Victorian electorate of Wendouree is anyone’s for the taking.

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Pykes Creek Reservoir

Ed Smith from Southern Rural Water at Pykes Creek Reservoir

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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

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DAIRY DEAL

Do you support Chinese investment in local dairy farms?

Dairy pool too small

Crole family, Simpson, dairy farmers

THE national dairy industry is “not sustainable” to service a growing domestic and export market.

Bale weights measured up

Wool store pic

MINIMUM wool bale weights will be under consideration again next week.

Straw gold for Angus herd

Straw gold for Angus herd

A FEW months can make a big difference when it comes to cattle prices, just ask Paul Walsh.

Camperdown, Oct 17: Price jitters

Camperdown, Oct 17: Price jitters

SEASON and farmgate milk price jitters affected buyers’ confidence at Camperdown today.

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.

Moyston, Oct 16: $5500 top

Sheepvention, Hamilton

BORDER Leicester rams sold to $5500 at the Jackson family’s annual on-property sale at Moyston today.

Fendt delivers quality

Fendt delivers quality

FENDT has released six new 700 Series Vario tractors into Australia.

Silvan sprayer a big fan for fruit

Silvan sprayer a big fan for fruit

SILVAN Australia has just released the new G2E trailed 4000-litre sprayer.

Gear still cheap as dollar shifts

Gear still cheap as dollar shifts

ANY downward movement in the exchange rate will leave most primary producers are cheering from the paddocks.

Last lawn bowl exclusion rolls away

AFTER a long-held legal exemption expired, women can now play club pennant lawn bowls on Saturdays in South Australia.

Weekly Times Horse news

Racing in shock over second death

Ben Hook pic - jockeys Kate Brooks and Caitlin Forest at Morphettville Apprentice Academy

THE racing industry is reeling following the death of a second female jockey in two days.

Ian’s win in the willows

Ian Callen cricket bat maker

A DREAM to develop a sustainable cricket bat industry has proved a labour of love for Ian Callen.

Swans savour a rare flag

Goulburn Valley FL, Grand Final, Benalla Saints v Shepparton Swans

AN undermanned Shepparton Swans team withstood a last quarter assault to win the premiership at the weekend.

Farming vision unveiled

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland

UPDATE: BARNABY Joyce says biosecurity remains “the greatest threat” to Australian agriculture.

NZ dairy farmers go for barns

Owen Copinga, Isla Bank, Southland New Zealand

FEED efficiency drove Owen and Cathy Copinga to install a barn on their New Zealand dairy farm.

Tuppal’s nod to farming roots

THOUSANDS flocked to the inaugural Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival at the weekend.

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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.

Open Gardens’ last stand

 Neil Robertson, former CEO of Open Gardens Australia. NB This is a Fairfax photo so only use as a tight headshot Picture: Su...

FOR 27 years Open Gardens Australia has been showcasing beautiful properties around the nation.

Make your own tahini

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

TAHINI, or sesame seed paste, is a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.

Bake it to make it

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

RICOTTA is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a byproduct of making cheeses such as mozzarella.

What to eat for breakfast

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

BREAKFAST can be a rushed affair during the week.

'Baa Baa Black Sheep' ban at kinders

BAA, Baa, Black Sheep has been banned at some Victorian kindergartens over the racial connotations of “black”.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

No more Peppa

No more Peppa

HOW’s this for some bureaucratic overkill?

Vets show off in Full Monty calendar

Vets show off calves and more in Full Monty calendar

THE white coats are off for these student vets who have made a nude calendar.

'Cat poo coffee' poo-pooed

 Kopi Luwak coffee which is sourced from the droppings of the Civet cat in Indonesia, served at the Olio Mediterranean Brassi...

A RICHLY flavoured coffee brew made from cat poo has animal activists furious.

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.

A land of contrasts

A land of contrasts

IT is the world’s most populous nation, and home to villages that haven’t changed in hundreds of years.

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