Last Updated: March 04, 2015

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Poppy queen

LINDSEY Brown collects flowers by the bucket on her property at Hesket in central Victoria. Read the full story in FARM Magazine, out today.

Natural gas rollout axed

NEWS: natural gas Maldon

THE Victorian Government will likely axe a long delayed program to provide natural gas to 11 country cities and towns.

$13m sought from NAB

Wes Wheelouse

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Thirteen fertiliser distri­butors are demanding that ­NAB pays back $13m.

Quick action on anthrax


VACCINATION of all herds bordering the Tatura property where a cow died from anthrax will be completed today.

School de-staffing spreads

School de-staffing spreads

A NORTH East Victorian primary school is the latest school to be “de-staffed” by the state’s Education Department.

Fury as debt deadline passes

Supplied Money retirement tax advice

CREDITORS of failed grain trader Sapphire (SA) Pty Ltd are crying foul.

Price says no to Indi

 Rural Press Awards. ABC Radio presenter Libby Price

FORMER ABC journalist Libby Price targeted by the Nationals as a candidate to help win back Indi.

A pile of trouble

Wes Wheelouse

NO ONE would have guessed dealing in fertiliser could be such a messy game.

‘Wait and see’ on code

03/07/2009 NEWS: Kim Wade (27) with Woolies Select brand chocolate chip cookies in the Woolworth supermarket at Marsfield, Sy...

FARM groups say it’s too early to tell if a supermarket code of conduct will end the squeeze on suppliers.

‘Dirty tricks’ ahead of by-election

‘Dirty tricks’ ahead of by-election

UPDATE: THE Nationals candidate has laughed off suggestions of political sabotage in the Gippsland South by-election.

Ban likely on lion trophy imports

Ban likely on lion trophy imports

SAFARI tourists from Australia are shooting about 100 ­animals each year in Africa.

Lake Cooper fish left high and dry

THOUSANDS of fish have died at Lake Cooper in the Goulburn Valley.

Glenfalloch station sells

ONE of Gippsland’s biggest farms, Glenfalloch Station, has been sold.

There’s grape expectations

ACCORDING to the modern business mantra, greed is good.

Farmers find voice at Barnawartha

AFTER years of frustration over falling price returns and selling system, producers have found a voice to complain.

Shearing by blade draws a crowd

BLADE shearing for show and sale rings is making a comeback.

Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash

PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Nat’s day of reckoning

Kath Sullivan Weekly Times

IF THE National Party isn’t already worried about the Gippsland South by-election, it should be.

School closure heartbreak

School closure heartbreak

THE loss of a community school is the most heartbreaking, soul destroying and devastating blow.

Mercury soars in Birdsville

Birdsville Hot Weather Mother

A HEATWAVE is searing western Queensland and Birdsville is a chance of smashing the record for its hottest ever March day.

Climate change Proof Australia is getting hotter

Think Hot

THERE’S no point in denying it: Australia is getting hotter, and it’s not going to stop. And here’s the proof.

Editor's Choice

Nature’s true colours revealed

Nature’s true colours revealed

WHAT makes a woman spend hundreds of hours, collecting leaves, bark, flowers, vegetables and fruits?

Let’s talk about hunting

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.

LIKE many Australians, I’m disappointed with former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath.

National weather

Lake Cooper

Fish kill at Lake Cooper, February, 2015


Croc steals barra

These fisherman were shocked when a massive crocodile came from nowhere and stole their barra. Courtesy: Sean Evans FB


NVD switch chaotic

Buyers back at prime sales at Wodonga NVLX

EXCLUSIVE: A BOTTLENECK in swapping over to new NVD forms has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

ABARES defends forecasts

Buyers back at prime sales at Wodonga NVLX

AUSTRALIA’S commodity forecast body has defended its error margin, saying forecasting does have limitations.

Bulls to top of $40,000

Mount Difficult Bull Sale

BULLS sold to $40,000 and average records were broken across southern Australia last week.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

Ballarat, Feb 27: Prices 20c/kg up

Ballarat, Feb 27: Prices 20c/kg up

STEER prices were at least 20c/kg up on a week ago at Landmark Ballarat’s annual weaner calf sale today.

Shepparton, Feb 26: $3000 top

Shepparton herd dispersal 26.2.15

YOUNGER and high type cows attracted premium prices at a Shepparton dairy sale.

New Disco dances to the top

New Disco dances to the top

THE Claas Disco 9200 front-and-rear mower combination has been named Machine of the Year.

Rubin 12 makes Australian debut

Rubin 12 makes Australian debut

A NEW model compact disc harrow has its first public showing at the Elmore Tillage and Cropping Day.

Strip tilling solution

Strip tilling solution

ONE alternative to no-till seeding or complete tillage is strip tilling, where only the seed rows are cultivated.

Picture Perfect pony tops show

VICTORIANS had a lot to celebrate at the Royal Canberra Show.

Weekly Times Horse news

Dog trainer done ‘nothing wrong’

SA Greyhound racing at Angle Park

PROMINENT Queensland greyhound trainer Greg Stella insists he has done nothing wrong amid the live baiting scandal.

Footy is good for us: survey

FOOTY: Auskick Superclinic

A LANDMARK report out today has found the benefits of community football extend beyond the physical health of players.

Lalbert mourns favourite son

Lalbert mourns favourite son

UPDATE: THE Lalbert community has been plunged into mourning after the death of a Mallee Eagles footballer.

Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash

PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Greens give Nats nod

Andrews Presser

THE Greens look set to preference the National Party in the Gippsland South by-election.

Plenty of ‘shroom to move

FOCUS: Fresh Fields Mushrooms

THE last three growers who owned the mushroom production shed at Avenel went hit some big hurdles.

Hayley and Nam’s new plan

BEING born on a sinking boat as the child of refugee parents is an experience that tends to shape your world view.

Weekly Times Travel News

Watering can beat heat

 Watering cans on a bench in a garden.

MOST plants with large, soft leaves rapidly lose enormous amounts of moisture during hot sunny days.

Don’t let them bug you

Don’t let them bug you

SOME garden pests have a distinctly weird appearance. Scales are a good example.

How to grow corn

Peter Cundall

IT PROBABLY seems a bit weird, but most sweetcorn patches should occasionally become a bog garden at this maturing stage.

Frittatas fit for frivolity

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

FRITTATAS are easy food all year round, and are especially suited to the warm summer nights.

Coconut ice slab

Coconut ice slab

THIS iced coconut slab is simple to make and tastes delicious.

Quail a game changer

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

NEVER tried game before? Perhaps you thought it was too difficult to cook, but it’s not.

Unwanted chattel is a real battle

LAST year we had the story of a blackbuck antelope that had adopted a western Victorian dairy herd as family.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Cow wears a heart on its head

Cow wears a heart on its head

HOW’s this for a bit of hearty beef?

Can’t find a cow bell?

Can’t find a cow bell?

“So whaddya think of my new look? I call it the Pirelli pendant.”

Laughing gear: Simple maths

Laughing gear: Simple maths

THREE elderly men, Eddie, Harry and Martin, go to the doctor’s for their memory test.

The height of wonder

 MARCH 17, 2004: Hiker looks across the pink and ochre-washed vistas of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, 17/03/04. Pic Michael Peri...

IT’S probably fair to say that until recently not too many Australians had heard of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sri Lanka, a taste of paradise

HIKKADUWA, SRI LANKA - JUNE 26: A tourist walks along the empty Hikkaduwa beach, past a palm tree bent over from the tsunami ...

IT WAS one of my more surreal travel moments.

Castles on the river

Castles on the river

HISTORIC Europe beckons, with The Weekly Times Travel Club’s Grand European river cruising tour

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