Last Updated: February 02, 2015

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French flavours

DAVID and Anya Simms with daughter Imogen on their farm on French Island in Western Port.

Raw milk advocates rally

Raw Milk Drink In

PEOPLE who give family members raw milk to drink will face fines of up to $60,000 from tomorrow.

Kearney calls for 417 visa overhaul

union protest

WORKING holiday visas could come under greater scrutiny after union leader Ged Kearney called for review.

Home school stats refuted

Home school stats refuted

DEPUTY Premier James Merlino has refuted claims thousands of children are being illegally home schooled in Victoria.

Embattled PM in Colac

PM Abbott at Bulla Dairy Foods

TONY Abbott spruiks benefits of a China free-trade deal for Colac amid speculation over his future.

Sounds like a bad turn

Sounds like a bad turn

A NEW study has found links between wind farm infrasound and possible health concerns in Australia.

Milk price drop


PARMALAT has reduced its farmgate milk price this season for its Victorian and South Australian farmers.

Home school farce

Hand Rasied in Classroom

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

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.

D-day for Abbott

‘Your pigheadedness isn’t a strength, Mr Abbott’

TONY Abbott will face the National Press Club today; but he’s got to do much more than that if he is to survive.

Shrinking herd to lift beef hopes

Kyneton weaner calf sale

UNPRECEDENTED cattle turn-off last year will bring dramatic changes to the cattle industry.

Bare plan to save stock

FARMERS in bushfire-prone areas have been urged to set up stock containment areas on their farms.

Jeep toys with ute Wrangler idea

JEEP wants a ute as part of the next-generation Wrangler line-up.

How to cook chicken fingers

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

Wimmera veg growers smiling

IT HAD been the roughest season in 51 years at Bellellen Organics — until the summer rain fell.

A maize-ing change for farmer

FORMER dairy farmer Ian Hamono switched to crop farming at his Goulburn Valley property two years ago.

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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Twins all fired up

 Twin sisters Sally and Kerry Reiners 22yrs have been abseling out of hovering helicopters as part of DSE rappellers training...

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

Foreign workers want pay back

chicken factory worker

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

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.

National weather

You could be paying too much for petrol

And what you can do about it


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.


Saddled up and in trim

NEWS Fat Farmers

EVAN Lewis rides a bike back from the tractor at the end of the day to get some exercise.

Trade recedes after big rush

Hay bales

WITH the year all but done, the hay market has settled and trade slowed to a trickle.

Green light for hemp growth

pic of rockliff and hemp grower

TASMANIA’S  upbeat industrial hemp growers should learn today if they can start to plant the crop as a food product.

Wycheproof, Jan 30: 7000 yarded

Wycheproof, Jan 30: 7000 yarded

ALMOST 7000 sheep were yarded at the Wycheproof store sale today.

Warragul, Jan 30: Shock prices

Warragul dairy sale. 20.1.15

IT was hard to tell what all the buyers where more interested in at Warragul today.

Naracoorte, Jan 29: Prices up

Naracoorte, Jan 29: Prices up

RISING two-year-old heifers, pregnancy-tested-in-calf, sold to a top of $1800 at a Naracoorte cattle sale today.

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.

Knapsack sprayer has your back


When it comes to knocking down small fire areas or blacking out after a fire’s gone through, a knapsack sprayer is just the ticket

Portable cooling beats heat

Portable cooling beats heat

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

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

Picola league confirms coaches

Innovation and Competitiveness

PICOLA and District Football League names its senior interleague co-coaches.

Connors quits VFL for country footy

VFL first preliminary final: Footscray v. Port Melbourne.

PORT Melbourne has lost its leading goalkicker and the VFL arguably its most talented, and unmistakably its most theatrical, player.

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.

Get strict on home schooling

Get strict on home schooling

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

Qld farmers' election demands


MORE dams, abattoirs and ports are needed to support drought-stricken graziers and realise plans to develop Northern Australia.

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

There’s Warragul and then there’s ...

Warrgul Other

AT BACK Paddock, we always assumed there was just one Warragul.

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?

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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