Last Updated: July 22, 2014

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Tooting her own horns

CAITLIN Grieve, from Hillend Dorset stud, at Millbrook, enjoyed great success with her family’s Dorset Horn sheep at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo at the weekend.

Breeding export success

Australian beef cattle

EGYPT has been opened up as a new export market for Australian breeding stock.

More rain to lash Victoria

More rain to lash Victoria

MORE rain is expected in Victoria in the next week, particularly across the north.

Wood thief nabbed by bright spark


PEOPLE are using their mobile phones to help dob in firewood thieves.

Train service lobbying gathers pace

Ararat rail

PUBLIC transport is the key to attracting city people to country areas.

Internet offer for isolated areas

Internet offer for isolated areas

ISOLATED rural people have a second chance to connect early to satellite boosted broadband.

Industry warns against levy vote

 Crops growing at Karkana, Horsham. Onions.

KEY horticulture figures fear a federal Parliament vote could bring down Australia’s agriculture levy system.

Supreme title for stylish ewe

A POLL Dorset ewe won the Australian Sheep and Wool Show interbreed supreme prime lamb exhibit.

Trial set for kangaroo meat

VICTORIA’S two-year trial will start soon to turn kangaroo meat into pet food.

South Colac eyes top three finish

SOUTH Colac will use this weekend’s bye to reload for a tilt at a top-three spot in the Colac and District Football League.

Balls of wool

SIMON BEATTIE is protecting his Poll Dorset ewes and lambs this winter at Trentham East.


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OCEAN action, wildlife and history are among the surprises hiding behind the Cape.

Celebrate live-export trade

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

ANIMAL activists and the Greens think Australians should be ashamed of our live cattle, sheep and goat export trade.

PETA fails its duty, Feldtmann

 Ian Feldtmann. Dookie. Sheep & Grain Farmer. Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group President. live shee...

FOOTAGE of sheep abuse in Australian shearing sheds is disgusting, but so is standing by, says Ian Feldtmann.

Murrindindi pleading for fire help

 Merton CFA work on the fires at Connelleys Creek. Murrindindi fires. Bushfires.

MURRINDINDI Shire needs ongoing financial support, writes MARGARET ABBEY

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 PETA have have acted immediately on animal cruelty concerns?

Canola crops infection rife

 DPI extension plant pathologist Frank Henry

HALF the canola crops in the Wimmera and Mallee could be infected with beet western ­yellows virus.

Price surge after MH17 crash

Crops Harvest. North Central Victoria.

THE Malaysian Airlines crash that killed 298 people in Ukraine sparked a surge in grain prices last week.

Young warm up to sheep show

Bendigo Sheep Show

A BUMPER Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the weekend was driven by school-aged participants.

Ballarat, July 18: Buyers selective

Ballarat Beef Cattle Sale

A WINTER yarding of cattle at Ballarat today meant prices were higher for some categories and lower for others.

Gundowring, July 18: $9000 top

Gundowring, July 18: $9000 top

JERSEY cows sold to $9000 at the dispersal of the Aberdeen Jersey stud near Gundowring today.

Wodonga, July 17: Low prices

Wodonga cattle sale

TALK of better prices to come was not enough to lift rates at Wodonga today.

Robots to combat weeds

Robots to combat weeds

FARMERS will soon be able to employ robots to attack one of their most costly problems – weeds.

Slow spraying key to no till

 Weed spraying guru Bill Gordon speaks to growers at the Vic No-Till Farmers Association workshop at Rupanyup. By KATE DOWLER...

SLOW down and smell the roses. Or, slow down and let the herbicide droplets reach the plants.

TRACTORS It all adds up to good fuel economy

Photo shoot at farm, with Digby Smith and tractor

WESTERN District farmer Digby Smith has given the thumbs up to a Tier 4A tractor.

O’hAilpin kicking goals

SETANTA O’hAilpin has moved up to fourth on the country Victorian goal­kicking table.

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Kangaroo Flat snaps 12-year hoodoo

 The Sherrin Factory in Scoresby still makes genuine leather footballs by hand.

KANGAROO Flat remains in the Bendigo Football League finals mix after a two-point triumph over Eaglehawk.

South Colac eyes top three finish

 South Colac's Clay Brewer with the ball

SOUTH Colac will use this weekend’s bye to reload for a tilt at a top-three spot in the Colac and District Football League.

North Gippy frontrunners kick away

North Gippsland FNL, Sale City v Churchill

HEYFIELD and Churchill stamped their authority as competition frontrunners in the North Gippsland league yesterday.

Woman of steel

A PASSION for woodwork, rescue dogs and nature helped sculpt a career path for a Bendigo artist.

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Tickled pink, by gum

 A bee investigates the flowers of a Corymbia 'Summer Glory'.

SMALLER grafted flowering gums grow true to colour and can fit in a small garden.

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.

Glorious grains

Food Pics

THERE are many tricks to making the perfect risotto.

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.

Case of gran designs

BACK Paddock loves a bit of fashion, especially when it involves at least a bale full of wool in every outfit.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Dear Agnes: Talkative neighbours

Dear Agnes: Talkative neighbours

DEAR Agnes, What is one to do when they see their friendly, talkative neighbour coming down the drive?

Nesting’s for turkeys

Deutscher's Turkey Farm, Dadswells Bridge

NOEL Padgham from Darwin reckons human males are not the only species to embrace feminism.

Wurst comes to worst

Wurst comes to worst

CREDIT where it is due to Darren Chester, who is apparently Australia’s “most respected” local MP.

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 03/06/2010 FEATURES: Entry in 2012 ANZANG Nature Photography competition. (ANZANG stands for Australia, New Zealand, Antarct...

OCEAN action, wildlife and history are among the surprises hiding behind the Cape.

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.

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