Last Updated: July 11, 2014

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Bear goes on a truffle hunt

AMERICAN Bulldog Bear will show off his truffle-hunting skills at the Truffle Melbourne Festival.

Producers slam cruelty

 Shearing at James and Rebecca Hamilton's Bradford Hills property. Sheep shearing wool. Freshly shorn ewes.

SHEEP producers have reacted with disappointment to a video showing Australian shearers abusing sheep.

Early election on the cards

PM at TNT Perth

TONY Abbott may hold snap election if the govt faces a long period of problems in Parliament.

Banish rogue shearers, AWU

Shearer actions slammed

UPDATE: THE shearers caught on PETA video abusing sheep should be “banished” from the industry according to the AWU.

Canola spray wiping out bees

Canola spray wiping out bees

A WESTERN yellow virus outbreak in canola crops has proved dangerous for the struggling bee industry.

Stolen Lambex puppy found

Puppy stolen from Lambex

UPDATE: THE Kelpie puppy reported as stolen from the Lambex conference in Adelaide has been found.

Biosecurity to undergo review

Inter-generational apple growers

MEASURES which safeguard the agricultural industry against exotic pests and diseases will be reviewed.

Hops on top of the world

A RISE in craft beer has Victoria’s hops growing industry poised to cash-in on worldwide demand.

Log off, pleads berry co-op

STRAWBERRY growers fear the Victorian industry could be crippled by native forest logging.

Potato growers dig in

SOUTH Australian potato growers are “surviving” after the closure of McCain’s Penola plant last year.

No till change a winner

NO Till Farmers Association’s Paul Oxbrow says the cropping season was off to a good start.

Early sowing turns canola gold

AN ‘EXCITING’ season has seen canola start flowering in June this year.

Time for fresh assault on

 Weekly Times. Staff. James Wagstaff.

WHEN is the law not the law? When it relates to country of origin labelling on food in Victoria’s fresh food markets, seemingly.

Time to fix labelling laws

Fruit & Vegies stall at South Melbourne Market

THE Victorian Government must fix country-of-origin labelling on fresh fruit and vegetables.

Advantages to dictate ag future

Lambs at Glenhope

PRODUCERS must know where their edge lies if they are to enjoy a prolonged uptrend, says MICK KEOGH

National weather

Nursery Wholesale Market

At 7am the Nursery Wholesale Market kicks into top gear


Little green thumbs win ag award

PUPILS from Melbourne's Rangeview Primary School have won a $10,000 award for their schools flora and fauna program.



Should Australia's foreign investment threshold be lifted for China?

Hops on top of the world

Hops harvest - Farmer manager Allan Monshing

A RISE in craft beer has Victoria’s hops growing industry poised to cash-in on worldwide demand.

NZ food prices rise

FARM Lonsdale Tomato Farm. Jamie and Angela Moran.

NEW Zealand food prices have risen as the onset of winter brings higher prices for out-of-season vegetables.

Double blow for mining state

Double blow for mining state

DEPRESSED iron ore prices have dealt the Northern Territory mining industry a double blow.

Yea, July 11: Females dearer

Yea, July 11: Females dearer

FEMALE cattle sold to dearer rates at Yea’s monthly store sale today.

Latest livestock sales

Wodonga cattle sale 19.6.2014

THIS week’s dairy and cattle sale dates.

Colac, July 7: Calves worth the wait

Colac dairy sale

THE lure of securing a Holstein heifer calf for the export market helped push up prices at a Colac dispersal today.

ATV top spot in dispute

 2014 Honda Pioneer 700. New side by side vehicle from Honda, ATV, two-seater

A STOUSH is brewing over the accuracy of ATV sales information following the latest release of figures.

MACHINE Upton brings back monster

Upton Engineering Corowa

LOVERS of the Upton Engineering tractors are extraordinarily passionate about them.

MACHINE Germans engineer tractor transition

Farm World Day 1

GERMAN technology is at the heart of most agricultural machinery in use in Australia.

Footy brawl victim recovering

A VICTORIAN footy player injured during a brawl at a Dederang game last weekend is recovering well.

Weekly Times Horse news

Horses to avoid Hendra shot

Kembla Grange races - Wollongong

VICTORIAN horses competing at events will be exempt from mandatory Hendra vaccination.

Hanna and Sancette 6th in Austria

Australia's Mary Hanna riding Sancette in the team and individual dressage Grand Prix at Greenwich Park during day 7 of the L...

MARY Hanna and her elegant Sancette scored a good 70.42 to head the list of riders trying

Slow run to racecourse finish

 Gold Nugget Race day at Ballarat Racecourse.race 6 - Gold Nugget Handicap.

THE Ballarat racecourse will reopen in October, delayed due to issues with the home straight.

Time for fresh assault on

 Weekly Times. Staff. James Wagstaff.

WHEN is the law not the law? When it relates to country of origin labelling on food in Victoria’s fresh food markets, seemingly.

Japan FTA a boon for beef

Japan FTA a boon for beef

A FREE-trade deal with Japan will cut $590m in import tariff burdens for beef producers annually, industry says.

Triumphant return for Ballarat star

THE last time Callum Linnane was this emotional on a Ballarat theatre stage he was just seven.

Weekly Times Travel News

Quince charming

 Ted and Glenda Minty - Olives and fruit near Wodonga. Quinces.

THE relegating to granny status of this noble, versatile and delicious fruit is a disgraceful mistake.

Blooming garden group

Blooming garden group

A TEAM of Australian gardeners has claimed Best in Show honours at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

Interest grows in garden

Babinda Bird Girl

AN UNEXPECTED new tourist attraction has bloomed in Babinda, with a famous private garden attracting visitors daily.

Fried cauli can be jolly

Food Pics

CAULIFLOWER is around all year and it can be classed as one of those vegetables you love or hate.

Slice the perfect snack

Food Pics

ONE of my most vivid travel memories was a stop at a simple roadside home during a visit to Egypt.

A moist, tender treat

Food Pics

HEALTHY pork fillet is one of my all-time favourites in the kitchen.

Sheep on Tour de France

IN A clear sign of friendship, France has handed over famous event, the Tour de France, to England.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Handy half-quack flankers

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Lovely weather for ducks, Mountain Road Reserve (Cockatoo) Emerald verse Seville U/18 game 5

IT was great weather for ducks at the under-18s match between Emerald and Seville on Saturday.

Some take it the lying down

Some take it the lying down

DOGS always know how to find a comfortable place to snooze.

Laughing gear: Dog act

Laughing gear: Dog act

A GUY walks into a bar with his dog and says, “I’ll have a scotch and water and my dog a whiskey sour”.

Chill out at Byron Bay

Supplied Travel A humpback whale breaching in Byron Bay, NSW. Picture: Keith Christie

BYRON Bay offers more than a great escape from Victoria’s bitter winter chill, writes Michael Gleeson.

Best by country mile

 Lush green fields of Gippsland.

PERHAPS it’s just sentimentality but some of the fondest childhood family holidays are not the extravagant ones.

In a luxurious frame of mind

 The Frames, Paringa, South Australia, luxury accommodation Picture: Supplied

THE Murray is framed for a tourism boost in the form of luxury retreats.

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