Last Updated: April 17, 2014

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Farmers sow happy

VICTORIAN farmers will cash in on what has been described as the best autumn break in a generation.

Fonterra's shake up

 Melissa Dorsett New northern vic YDDP - Dairy. Cows being milked in a rotary dairy. Milk. cows. dairy.

UPDATE: VICTORIAN dairy companies are not expected to quickly follow Fonterra Australia’s lead in simplifying its milk payment.

Wind farm fight


A VICTORIAN construction union has been banned from leaving cars or equipment near entrances to a $400 million wind farm.

Melbourne loses gong to London

Swans v Kangaroos

MELBURNIANS may think they live in the world’s sporting capital but a biennial global award has handed the honour to London.

Candidates line up to replace O'Farrell

North West Rail Link Project

THE blood had barely dried from Barry O'Farrell falling on his sword before his heir apparent Gladys Berejiklian was doing the numbers.

Greens senator: Global warming will kill


AUSTRALIA is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says.

Fire app to be upgraded

Fire app to be upgraded

THE Country Fire Authority’s controversial mobile phone application will be urgently upgraded as a result of past fire season.

Chalet to lose wings

DEMOLITION works can proceed on the Mt Buffalo chalet after heritage protection orders were lifted.

Kinglake no clearer on black spot

BARBARA Stevens lives with the horror of Black Saturday every day.

A dampener on dried fruit prices

DRIED fruit growers are facing low prices after three days of rain last week.

Rocca back with Redlegs

COLLINGWOOD great Anthony Rocca will pull on the boots for Tallygaroopna again.

Exchange rate cuts export income

A FOUR cent rise in the Australian dollar in the past month has shaved millions off the nation’s rural exports.

FTA dud deal of the century

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Visits China

FARMERS were left wondering who their mates are after Tony Abbott’s  bumbling trip to North Asia.

Wi-fi message equals election in train

Government announcement

PROMISES often come too quick to properly digest in an election year, especially in the weeks before a budget.

Dairy pay-day arrives

 14/02/2008 NEWS: Greg Coote. Fonterra Milk Tanker Driver. Darnum. Pic. Greg Scullin

WHEN dairy giant Fonterra recently signed a deal with Woolworths to supply fresh milk, it was big news.

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Behind the Scenes of Life Through Wool

Watch the making of Life Through Wool


Life Through Wool

Country Road released this video in collaboration with The Woolmark Company



Is free wi-fi on trains the communication priority for country Victoria?
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Foxes linked to sheep measles

 Farmers get a little of their own back - 30 Dead Foxes hung along a farm fence just outside of Mansfield. Foxes and wild dog...

FOXES could be costing sheep producers more than lost lambs.

Te Mania data boosts Breedplan

Livestock Stud Beef Te Mania Angus

THE largest single injection of data since the early 1990s has been given to Angus Group Breedplan.

Fonterra's base price given boost

 Fonterra milk tanker being pulled by Volvo prime-mover truck.

THE difference between what the highest and lowest Fonterra suppliers will be paid will shrink by about 20c/kg of milk solids next season.

Latest livestock sales

 Cows at the Shepparton cattle sales. Pictured: Dairy cows. Chopper cows.

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

Colac, April 11: Ayrshires to $3800

Eastern View Ayrshires dispersal, Colac

AS A “50:50” partner in a Tasmanian dairy farm, Katrina Sykes wanted more Ayrshire cows.

Yea, April 11: Buyers out in force

Yea, Apr 11: Buyers out in force

STEERS sold up to $100 dearer at Yea’s monthly store sale today.

SPRAYING Gaining control of sprays to cut costs


VICTORIAN farmers are trialling new nozzle control technology retrofitted to self-propelled boom sprayers.

TRACTORS Transmission revolution makes Case


THE new Constant Variable Transmission tractor was on show at Wimmera Field Days last month.

GRAINS Chaser bin no Smale feat

Chaser bin no Smale feat

SMALE Farm Equipment showed a prototype chaser bin at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days recently.

GV resists drive to hub

THE GV league is expected to vote against joining the AFL Goulburn Murray administrative hub tonight.

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Rocca back with Redlegs

 Kyabram District Football Netball League, Round 11, Tallygaroopna Bombers v Stanhope Lions, at Tallygaroopna, Anthony Rocca,...

COLLINGWOOD great Anthony Rocca will pull on the boots for Tallygaroopna again.

Young riders shine at Werribee Park

Young riders shine at Werribee Park

THE annual Young Rider dressage championships were held at Werribee Park last weekend.

Tigers claw a win

Supplied Editorial FW: GVFL pics

ROCHESTER’S Brady Green fires off a handpass in his team’s in Round 1 win against Echuca on Saturday.

Flocking to see those sheep dogs

SOME dogs bark, others chase but the best sheep dogs tame a flock by staring them down. It is what stockman call the “eye”.

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Sweet smell of success

 Organic grown quinces on a tree. Picture: Supplied

I REFUSE to harvest our clingstone peaches until I can smell the ripeness when passing the trees.

Cundall: Spring bulbs

 Daffodils Picture: Supplied

SOME spring bulbs are so tough they can withstand the coldest winters including the most savage frosts.

Cundall: Zucchinis

 Zucchini Picture: Supplied

ZUCCHINIS have their limitations, but their relative, the pumpkin, is as popular as ever.

How to make chicken stock

Country Living Food pics with Jeremy Vincent

HOMEMADE stock is the cornerstone of any great homemade soup.

Eleanor Ozich's beetroot choc pud

 Beetroot Chocolate Pudding. WKT ONLY. Picture: Supplied

FLUFFY and light on the outside, fudgy and molten on the inside, this rich chocolate pudding contains a secret ingredient: beetroot, which adds a lovely moistness.

Eleanor Ozich's lamb leg steaks

 Lamb Leg Steaks With Mint And Apple Cider Sauce. WKT ONLY. Picture: Supplied

SOMETIMES I just crave a juicy, beautifully cooked steak.

Millewa feral festival fires up

THERE’S nothing like a bit of competition to give feral animal control a gee-up.

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In knee-deep for the club

Players from the Beauforrt netball team stomp grapes at Michael Unwin wines

THE things you have to do to raise funds for your sporting club.

Wedding idea gains traction

Wedding idea gains traction

LAST week we suggested the trend to paddock weddings was devastating the wedding venue business.

Laughing gear: Waiting game

Laughing gear: Waiting game

A COP was sitting in his car outside a pub waiting for the drunks to come out.

Ballarat raises the bar

 Mitchell Harris Cellar Door. Craig Mitchell (Left) and John Harris Picture: Andy Rogers

IT COULD be a wine bar in any metropolis.

Highway hot spot

 Photo of Tocumwal. Sarah Hudson pics Picture: Supplied

TRAVELLERS have long known of the secret charms of Tocumwal.

Old World, new treats

 Chill - Buckingham Palace in London, England. View of building exterior.

IT WAS English writer Samuel Johnson who noted “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.

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