Last Updated: April 16, 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.

NSW Premier resigns

ICAC

UPDATE: FORMER NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has faced ICAC for a second day after his shock resignation this morning.

Few win in live trade: WSPA

 Animal welfare activists protest on Parliament House Lawns calling for an end to live cattle exports

THE negative impacts of the Australian live export trade outweigh the financial returns.

Export boost for Yarra Valley fruit

Yarra Valley PFPP

EXCLUSIVE: A NEW pest-free protocol in the Yarra Valley will boost domestic exports for berry and cherry growers.

Girls rush into farming

Girls rush into farming

GIRLS just want to have a farming degree.

Workers unpaid in visa scam

Overseas Workers

CLAIMS have emerged of overseas workers being forced to pay their employers to obtain a working holiday visa extension.

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

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Life Through Wool

Country Road released this video in collaboration with The Woolmark Company

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WI-FI ON TRAINS

Is free wi-fi on trains the communication priority for country Victoria?
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Jump in cow prices

 Cows at the Shepparton cattle sales. Pictured: Beef cattle.

COW prices have spiked to a two-year high in the wake of rain and shorter kill weeks.

Market indicators soar

Market indicators soar

BIG rain across much of eastern Australia in the past week is expected to drive cattle prices even higher.

Horticulture’s trade boost

Curly Flat Vineyard, Lancefield. Phillip Moraghan.

AUSTRALIA’S new free trade agreement with Japan will provide a boost to horticulture industries.

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

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

TRACTORS Transmission revolution makes Case

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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.

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.

Free internet on country trains

Free internet on country trains

FREE wireless internet will be available on selected V/Line services from as early as next year.

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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