Last Updated: November 25, 2015

Weather: Canberra 10°C - 30°C . Mostly sunny.


Fodder going once

A SURGE in demand for livestock feed has prompted a very rare stand-alone auction of hay and silage this weekend.

Red-hot beef

Red-hot beef

RETAIL beef prices have hit a record high as cattle prices continue to surge in saleyards.

Wet may not follow dry

Wet may not follow dry

THERE is no guarantee ­Victorian farmers will get a wet 2016, even if the El Nino finishes next year as ­predicted.

Bowfishing for carp

 ** ADVANCE FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 ** Sam Wood takes aim at jumping Asian silver carp on the Illinois River in Utica, Ill., on...

PEOPLE will soon be allowed to use bows and arrows to fish for European carp.

Farm workers walk off job

 A worker picks and packs crimson seedless table grapes in John Argiro's vineyard at Merbein, near Mildura.

EIGHT Fijian farm workers have walked off the job amid claims of underpayment and mistreatment.

Flush of outrage

TWO South Australian farmers have bought 1000 megalitres of water in the sale of the Commonwealth environmental allocation in the Goulburn Valley.

Chicken case dropped

BARINGHUP chook farm

CENTRAL Victorian residents appear to have won another battle against a chicken farm development.

AWB exec accused of ‘skimming’

 02/02/2006. Mark Emons, former AWB Middle East marketing manager leaves Cole Inquiry in Sydney after giving evidence into th...

A FORMER AWB executive has been accused of setting up a transport deal with Iraq in 1999 to “skim” money for the benefit of himself and a colleague.

Industry takes a $200m hit

NEWS: Cropping Day 2

GRAIN companies in Australia lost a combined estimated $200 million last year.

Farm support fears

Lambs at Glenhope

OFFICES may be closed and services lost in a major shake-up of Victoria’s rural financial counselling services next year.

Oversupply blamed for decline

DAIRY: Stock Exchange Dairy

A THIRD consecutive fall in the Global Dairy Trade auction is a stark reminder the world market remains weak, according to an analyst.

Plea for port deal

Flight from Tas to Vic

PRESSURE is building on Victoria’s parliament to determine how Victoria will lease the Port of Melbourne.

Sales, November 23

Sheep and cattle prices were red hot at Wodonga, Naracoorte and Ballarat.


Esperance bushfires

Bushfires have devastated communities in the Esperance region of Western Australia.


Day of Dogs 2015

HAVE a dog day as The Weekly Times celebrates the first-ever Day of Dogs.


Blokes and their birds

THE alfies are coming in thick and fast now.

Sun’s up, game on

DON Elgin might be missing half a leg, but he’s not a man who does things by halves.

Towns banking on gas

Generic photo of a gas flame.

THERE was not one reference to the $85 million rollout of natural gas in the Victorian Government’s Regional Statement.

Sold down the drain

NEWS: Macalister Irrigation District Water.

I TRY to be a positive MP, I really do. We’re all sick of whining, negative politicians, right?

Fat cats still feeding on a rotten policy

Angus cattle & generic farm shots

THE current Bovine Johne’s disease review makes Bronwyn Bishop’s helicopter junket look amateurish, says Don Lawson.

Q&A with David Stewart

WEATHER Simon Beattie at Derrynock Poll Dorset Stud

WHEN should lambs be weaned, are sheep and cattle hit by the same worms, and when should blackberries be sprayed?

Grant your chooks immunity

FARM Green Olive at Red Hill

VACCINATION can give your flock a disease-fighting chance.

Editor's Choice

Day of Dogs 2015

Day of Dogs 2015

RELIVE all the fun and excitement of the first-ever Day of Dogs.

Help for all

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews in Mallee country

QUICKLY, and with communities at its core, the State Government has responded to calls for assistance from Victorians struggling with drought.

farm mag

The Weekly Times at Agritechnica, Germany

The Weekly Times Machine editor Justin Law was at Agritechnica, the world's biggest agriculture fair which was held in Germany last week.


Thirteen tonnes of carp being removed from Lake Burrumbeet, Victoria

Thirteen tonnes of carp are being removed through the use of nets from Lake Burrumbeet in Victoria.


Wine’s export cheer

 Mike Brown, winemaker at Gemtree Wines in Mclaren Flat, South Australia. KPMG report on growth potential of Chinese investme...

WINE Australia has signed an agreement with Australia’s export credit agency to help wineries make the most of export markets.

Industry takes a $200m hit

NEWS: Cropping Day 2

GRAIN companies in Australia lost a combined estimated $200 million last year.

Wool selling under scrutiny

 Wool store, Brooklyn. Auction Room.

THE release of a review into the way growers sell wool has been delayed.

Ballarat, November 20: Huge yarding

LIVESTOCK: Ballarat Cattle Sale

A YARDING of more than 5000 cattle didn’t put a dampener on prices at the Ballarat store sale.

Latest livestock sales

Hamilton Store Sale

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

Benalla, November 20: Consistent prices

Benalla, November 20: Consistent prices

A REASONABLE season in parts of north-east Victoria helped support the special Benalla first-cross ewe sale.

eHat takes guess work out

eHat takes guess work out

ARE you stuck in the sticks with a technical problem that has you stumped?

Make hay, quick, with 11m tedder

Make hay, quick, with 11m tedder

HAY making has been made faster with the arrival in Australia of the 11m Kverneland Taarup 80110C tedder.

Radar detects wind

Radar detects wind

AMAZONE’S radar sensor system for its ZA-TS fertiliser spreader has earned it one of 16 Machine of the Year awards at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, this month.

Country boys find AFL homes

THIS year’s Vic Country Under-18 representatives dominated the early proceedings of the AFL draft.

Weekly Times Horse news

Teen trumps coach in jumping

Jasmine Denison

JASMINE Denison, 15, riding Nicolossi took out the grand prix event at the Boneo Park show jumping festival on the weekend.

Stock horse central

David Nash and Waymere Oaks Identity

COMPETITORS travelled from three states for the Australian Stock Horse Society’s central Victorian show and challenge at Elmore from November 6 to 8.

Superior Rose closes in on dream


SHANE Rose had the pain of being within days of competing for his country at the London Olympics three years ago, only to have his horse go lame.

Towns banking on gas

Generic photo of a gas flame.

THERE was not one reference to the $85 million rollout of natural gas in the Victorian Government’s Regional Statement.

Flush of outrage

TWO South Australian farmers have bought 1000 megalitres of water in the sale of the Commonwealth environmental allocation in the Goulburn Valley.

Business is blooming

FOCUS: Simply Rose Petals

TURNING a cut flower farm into a rose petal paradise proved a lucrative move for mother and daughter duo Sarah Sammon and Jan Slater.

Devoted to making lives better

HE flies planes, fights fires with the CFA, cross-country skis, runs a beef and olive farm and volunteers in remote Aboriginal communities.

Weekly Times Travel News

Liberated and thriving

Liberated and thriving

I MUST confess that many years ago I succumbed to temptation and pinched a plant I desperately fancied.

Irises easy on the eye

Irises easy on the eye

I HAD a weird but oddly enlightening day a couple of weeks ago.

Pruning’s a spring thing

Pruning’s a spring thing

THERE is a prevailing myth that most pruning, especially of deciduous fruit trees and bushes, should be carried out during winter.

Wine adds a little zing

CL Food Shoot

WINE has three main uses in the kitchen — as a marinade ingredient, as a cooking liquid and as a flavouring in a finished dish.

In unfamiliar grain

CL Food Shoot

THE popularity of specialist grains has allowed adventurous cooks to create wonderful dishes for both family and friends.

It’s so sweet to use sour cream

CL Food Shoot

THESE days, sour cream is a staple in many family refrigerators.

Penguins for sale?

PSST, wanna buy a couple of thousand penguins? What about a 600 square kilometre lake system?

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Butcher goes with flow

Your everyday gourmet Wangaratta

WANGARATTA butcher Dan Wallace is used to seeing his customers flooding in, thanks to the award-winning reputation of his Your Everyday Gourmet business.

My little pony ... for real

Tiny pony

GOOD things come in small packages, and little Jakarda Angel is living proof.

Ask Agnes: Crowd sourcing

Ask Agnes: Crowd sourcing

DEAR Agnes, I notice quite a few ventures are getting off the ground by “crowd sourcing”.

Where bulls are kings

Where bulls are kings

BULL fighting as a sport is fading.

King Island golf

TAS WEEKEND King Island Golf

GOLF, as the detractors say, is a walk spoiled by a little white ball.

Grand Flam victory

Grand Flam victory

HOW do you convey in words a place of such beauty that it literally takes your breath away?

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