Last Updated: July 29, 2015

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Serrat pulls off winning magic

THERE must be a little bit of magic in the shiraz grapes at Tom Carson’s Serrat vineyard in the Yarra Valley.

Feed definition fiasco

Jo Stritch and her husband Andrew from Happy Valley Free Range Farm, who farm pork on Human Choice guidelines.

A SHOCK change to Victoria’s planning laws means thousands of farmers may need a permit to keep operating.

No say over shotgun ban

Duck hunting season opening, lake Woolshed

A COALITION Government Senator wants to formally invite shooters to join the debate on looming changes to the National Firearms Agreement.

Give neighbours a say

Coal mine Gunnedah

FARMERS should have to consider their neighbours before allowing mining on farm.

Pride of the Peninsula

Local frozen berries

THE  Mornington Peninsula could be the first Victorian region to use a trademark for local produce.

Same-sex marriage plea

Same-sex marriage plea

COUNTRY MPs are being urged to lead the push for same-sex marriage.

Market move postponed

Market move postponed

THE opening of the new Melbourne Wholesale Market at Epping has been postponed by a month.

Locals bottle up dairy objections

Kernot Dairy

MORE than 400 submissions have been made to a Victorian council to oppose the expansion of a dairy operation.

Feedlot fuels farming feud

Wagyu Cattle

OPPONENTS of an Alexandra farm say they support farming but are against intensive agriculture.

Saudi cash for farms

DAIRY: Milk Quality Awards

A NEW investment group hopes to gain Saudi royal family funding to buy dairy or beef farms in southeast Australia.

Food origins a hot topic

Country of Origin Labelling

FARMING and industry bodies are at odds over the Federal Government’s new country-of­-origin labelling system.

Greens announce Indi candidate

The Greens

THE Greens have announced their candidate for the key North East Victorian seat of Indi.

Nagambie v Merrigum

Kyabram District FL, Round 15 match between Nagambie v Merrigum at Nagambie.


Clever canines strut their stuff

THE farm dog yard competition at Sheepvention is one of the longest-running in Victoria.

Dumped farmer in demand

CLARE Tamas is among women to contact dumped Farmer Wants A Wife contestant Scott Mitchell.

‘Fussy’ with quality

MAINTAINING award-winning milk quality is about being fussy, according to Brent Mitchell.

Looking a million dollars

COMMENT: IT is still easy to overlook the sheer amount of money now being generated by cattle.

Planning laws need overhaul

Planning laws need overhaul

THE Victorian Government needs to provide clarity on its farm planning laws.

Marriage equality Bill offers hope of ending hurt

 Andrew Beaton and his wife Juddie, left, with Landmark agent Andrew Harrison paid 219 c/kg or $742 a head for Ballaarook's 8...

RECENTLY our son, Lachie, posted a video online about his realisation of being gay.

A fresh take on the GST

Wimmera Mallee season

IN ANY discussion about governments requiring more revenue, the conversation immediately jumps to the GST.

White hot at Bendigo

Dean Cameron

DEAN and Mandy Cameron names with Western District White Suffolk stud Noremac - it’s their surname backwards.

The Duckman: Balanced on blade

The Duckman: Balanced on blade

WHEN you are short on grass but long on words, it might be time to hit the books.

Editor's Choice

Sledding is such a howl

Supplied Editorial

ACROSS the snow-capped summit of Mt Baw Baw comes the evocative, eerie howling of Huskies.


Special delivery

A light plane dropped chips to fans at the Worksafe Game of the Month on Sunday in the Mid Gippsland Football League match between Thorpdale and Mirboo North.


SFS Seeder Demonstration Day

About 200 people gathered at Southern Farming Systems' trial site at Inverleigh to see the latest seeding technology in action.


China barley boom

 Garrison's Grain Storage manager Scott Hartshorn supervises unloading of feed barley from Mellool grower Brett Dunn.

FEED barley reached its highest price for more than six years earlier this month.

Market move postponed

Market move postponed

THE opening of the new Melbourne Wholesale Market at Epping has been postponed by a month.

Growers accuse AWI of ‘spin’

NEWS: Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show 2014

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been accused of railroading stakeholders in its quest to build an online wool selling system.

Latest livestock sales

Wodonga store cattle sale

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

Koonwarra, July 27: Locals dominate

Dispersal Sale Town-View Holsteins and Springview Jerseys

GIPPSLAND buyers pushed prices to more than $5000 three times at a dispersal at Koonwarra.

Tuerong, July 24: Shorthorn dash

Tuerong Dairy Shorthorn dispersal

IT was standing room only at the dispersal of Tuerong Dairy Shorthorns today.

New Holland lifts its game

New Holland lifts its game

NEW Holland’s LM range of telehandlers offers models capable of working with weights from 2500kg to 4200kg.

Nothing fishy about Richiger bin

Nothing fishy about Richiger bin

A CHASER bin with an all-wheel steering system that eliminates fishtailing in paddocks is now available.

Soils ain’t soils to this drill

Soils ain’t soils to this drill

MASSEY Ferguson’s MF9800 Series single-disc air drill is designed for all soil types.

Season turns on collision

SOUTH West District Football League reigning premier Dartmoor is out of finals contention.

Weekly Times Horse news

Racism claims rock major leagues

Goulburn Valley FL, Shepparton Swans v Shepparton United

TWO country footballers in the Hume and Goulburn Valley leagues allegedly were the target of racism last week.

Exciting trip for Aussie juniors

Exciting trip for Aussie juniors

AUSTRALIA is sending three of its best junior riders to Germany to compete at the German Friendship Games.

Season’s early start in Mildura

Season’s early start in Mildura

RIDERS at Mildura Horse Trials enjoyed some early competition at the weekend.

Have a ball in the ’Bool

TALK to Edward Mahony and words such as “dynamic”, “community” and “rejuvenation” flow freely.

Weekly Times Travel News

Beware of nursery bargains

Beware of nursery bargains

I’M NOT the only gardener who gets a bit picky when selecting and buying plants.

Tasty, accessible fruit

Tasty, accessible fruit

SOME fruit trees grow far too vigorously — they can become so tall we need a ladder to harvest the fruit.

Late bloomers shine

Late bloomers shine

I USED to admire a particularly beautiful, stately tree in a large suburban garden.

Tasty snack, or meal

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

SIMPLE minced meats and spices combine to create the foundation for a delicious and versatile meal.

Super savoury spuds

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

IT MAY be old-fashioned, but potatoes baked in their jackets make for true comfort food.

Top off Christmas in July

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

WE go out of our way to make plum puddings at Christmas but the weather just isn’t suited to such a rich dessert.

Magpie settles for top spot

DAVE Young saw our picture of a kookaburra sitting on top of a bird scarer and thought he could go one better.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Hey, bale art is everywhere

Hey, bale art is everywhere

LOOKS like farmers all over the world love a bit of hay bale art.

Horse frames new career

Horse frames new career

CUTBACKS in regional media are biting so hard that horses are being employed as camera guys.

Ask Agnes: Sweet loss

Ask Agnes: Sweet loss

DEAR Agnes, At our golf day recently we celebrated one of our ladies’ birthdays with a cake I made.

Real China revealed

Real China revealed

CHINA really is a land of contrasts.

Pride of the south

Pride of the south

IT’S early evening in front of Avignon’s Palais des Papes and the tourist hordes have gone for the day.

Away from the crowd

 Mt Baw Baw

RAOUL Picot was a 14-year-old when he first came to Mt Baw Baw as one of the early pioneers.

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