Last Updated: January 29, 2015

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Grape way to start the day

WORKERS at Cofields Wines at Wahgunyah get cracking on the earliest harvest ever recorded.

Home school farce

Hand Rasied in Classroom

SPECIAL REPORT: UP to 20,000 children are being ­illegally home schooled in Victoria.

Madigan says basin in crisis

Senator John Madigan

VICTORIAN Senator John Madigan says farmers are “fed up” with the Murray Darling Basin Plan implementation.

‘Ban’ labour hire firms

NEWS Micro Party Photo Shoot

A NEWLY elected Upper House member said labour hire firms should be banned.

NSW deer numbers out of control

There are reports of large groups of feral deer in the Waite Conservation Reserve. The Adelaide Uni which runs the park fears...

PRESSURE for states to declare feral deer a pest species and adopt plans for control and eradication.

Police probe ice link to crash deaths

4 dead in car crash

THE deadly drug ice will be the focus of a police investigation into the deaths of four young mates in a horror road smash yesterday.

Foreign workers want pay back

chicken factory worker

FOREIGN workers are claiming more than $56,000 in back pay from labour hire companies.

Extend CSG ban: Lib MP

STATE ELECTION 2014-Key Seat Bellerine

LIBERAL MP remains fiercely opposed to CSG mining in her regional Victorian electorate.

Parliament extends CSG ban

gas wells , drilling rigs , pipes and mining infrastructure, run by QGC ,as the area and people copes with the massive expans...

UPDATE: THE Victorian Government has extended the current moratorium on CSG exploration and fracking.

Drought finance on the way

Jaala Pulford on farm at Cope Cope.

DROUGHT assistance funds are expected to begin flowing within weeks.

Processors under fire

Weaner, Cattle Sales. Hamilton Dairy Week, Schultz Sisters. Terang

PRODUCERS have raised concerns that cattle processors are not paying fair farmgate prices.

Online creates opportunity

PRODUCERS were keen to take advantage of higher beef prices through AuctionsPlus sales last week.

It’s a non-stop crop

IF YOU want to achieve a higher production scale in cropping, Craig Reynolds sees only two options.

Easing school pressure

SINGLE parents who register their children for home schooling can receive up to an extra $160 a fortnight.

Jaala Pulford goes to Cope Cope

New Victorian agriculture minister Jaala Pulford met over 90 farmers during a meet and greet near Donald last week.

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Making light of shady art

QUITE literally, it was a light bulb moment.

Get strict on home schooling

Get strict on home schooling

THOUSANDS of illegally home schooled children have been neglected by successive state governments.

Protect the pickers

Overseas Workers

LAST week the employment watchdog reported it was taking a Tasmanian business to court.

Tap into Japan markets

Andrew Robb

FARMERS know better than most the importance of being alert to shifting local and global markets.

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Pollies rescue Lake Toolondo

NEWS: Farmer Greg McDonald at Toolondo Reservoir

LABOR lands new fans by rescuing Lake Toolondo, writes CHRIS McLENNAN

Creditors angry over feedlot’s bills

 FeaturesBCM07-11-2006 Fedding time!. Wagyu Cattle at the Rodgers Creek Feedlot (25km west of Warwick) which contains 50,000 ...

A FAMILY-RUN Wimmera feedlot has overdue debts totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

GRASS FOCUS Aaron nurses share market

Aaron nurses share market

ONE passionate South Gippsland dairy farmer reckons there’s no need to own land to become a success.

Cascade of quality flows

Cascade of quality flows

MICHAEL McCormack puts great store in knowing all he can about his herd.

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You could be paying too much for petrol

And what you can do about it

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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.

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Sustainability a key to NAB lending

Sustainability a key to NAB lending

NATIONAL Australia Bank will place more emphasis on sustainable business practices when lending money to farmers.

Dry brings vine intervention

Grape picking begins in the Hunter

VICTORIAN wine grape growers have experienced one of their earliest harvests on record.

Fast breeder reaction

LIVESTOCK: Wodonga Weaner Sale

THE importance of female cattle in coming seasons is highlighted by the latest Australian beef outlook.

Latest livestock sales

Kyneton weaner calf sale

THIS week’s cattle and sheep livestock sale dates.

Wodonga, Jan 23: $1810 top

Wodonga female sale 23.1.2015

CATTLE producers showed their hand with selective bidding at day two of the female sale at Wodonga.

Corowa, Jan 23: 6000 sheep yarded

Corowa sheep sale

EWE lambs sold to a top of $204 at Corowa’s special sheep sale last week.

Hands-free without a hitch

Hands-free without a hitch

JOHN Deere’s fully automated three-point linkage connection system has earned it a SIMA Innovation Award.

Portable cooling beats heat

Portable cooling beats heat

SELECTA’S portable evaporative air conditioner an attractive option for the summer months.

Driverless tractor at Jerilderie

Driverless tractor at Jerilderie

A MORE accurate method of achieving automated farming was trialled in Jerilderie, NSW, yesterday.

Rhiann makes dad proud

RHIANN O’Donnell has been a fixture around the Mildura West Cricket Club since an early age.

Weekly Times Horse news

Clarke grabs World Cup double

 Shepparton World Cup qualifier. Tim Clarke In The World Cup Riding Caltango

TWENTY combin­ations came from all over Australia to compete at the inaugural Boneo Park World Cup.

Shetland has got the goods

Shetland has got the goods

THE show horses made for good viewing at the Royal Summer Horse Show’s saddle ­section.

Tamworth is no pony ride

Tamworth rodeo and campdraft

IT’S a spectacular vault but one unlikely to earn high praise from the judging panel. Zero points for grace. Zero points for landing. But 10 for entertainment.

Twins all fired up

GROWING up on a farm in Corryong, twins Kerryanne and Sally Reiners lived a girl’s own adventure.

Weekly Times Travel News

Answer is in the wind

 Protea growers Ian and Denise McLaverty's property Sancreed Flora, St Leonards. King protea.

SOME gardens I’ve come across were so windy many original shrubs and trees were blown out of the ground.

Taming tomato plants

Taming tomato plants

TOMATO plants tend to behave in weird ways, especially while in strong, active growth.

No need to gild the lily

 Lilium. Flower.

LILIUMS can be the most neglected plants in our gardens, but every year they will burst into bloom.

How to cook chicken fingers

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

FOR the sake of our health we don’t want to eat deep-fried food every day.

Candy’s banana cake

Global kitchen Pat Mulley

WHEN bananas get a little old they can make the perfect base for a moist, flavoursome cake.

Loving it in the raw

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

WHILE raw fish may seem to be a strange dinner choice, it is quite delicious when prepared properly.

Cheeky billboard turns heads

BACK Paddock loves a bit of witty graffiti.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Blow me down if this isn’t a lean-to now

Blow me down if this isn’t a lean-to now

IF OLD sheds could be said to be political this one it seems, leans to the left. Even the dog kennels are in sympathy.

Yoga? Yep, I’ve got that licked too

Yoga? Yep, I’ve got that licked too

WHO said Jack Russells were all hyperactive rabbit-chasing hole diggers?

Judge’s ace performance

DAIRY - International Dairy Week Thursday Holsteins

IT wasn’t just the heat making exhibitors in the Holstein competition sweat last Thursday at International Dairy Week.

Live in the moment

Live in the moment

I WAS devastated when, less than a week into my grand European adventure, the unthinkable happened.

Gippsland Lakes a serene getaway

 The jetty at Lakes Entrance in the Gippsland region of Victoria. Escape travel Must credit Gavin Hansford, Tourism Victoria

HERE’S a quick mind teaser for you.

Go with the flow

 SEPTEMBER, 2004: Tourists travelling aboard hired houseboat named

HAVE a need for speed? Then a houseboat holiday is not for you.

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