Last Updated: May 07, 2015

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Flame tree

VANESSA Healy is silhouetted against a burning sunset during the Cobram Estate olive harvest at Boundary Bend.

Chicken industry in strife

Chicken industry in strife

VICTORIA’S once flourishing chicken meat industry is facing collapse.

Young cattle price rocketing

Pure Black

YOUNG cattle prices are showing no signs of slowing down.

Alpine grazing banned, for good

Alpine Grazing. The Lovick family take cattle into the Alpine National Park, Jan 2011.

UPDATE: CATTLE have been banned from Victoria’s Alpine National Park and the River Red Gum National parks forever.

Di Natale new Greens leader


UPDATE: Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale is the new leader of the federal Greens.

Border tactics alleged

Baringhup Proposed Broiler Farm

TWO relocatable homes were placed on farms next to a proposed chicken farm on the eve of a hearing into the development.

VFF disappointed by Budget

VFF Annual Conference. Peter Tuohey. VFF President

THE Victorian Farmers Federation isn’t happy with the Victorian budget.

Visa rort scuttled

 An unidentifed backpacker carries a bucket of tomatoes in Childers, 26/06/2000. Childers is a popular stop of for backpacker...

BACKPACKERS will have to show official pay slips to secure visa extensions under changes to the working holiday program.

Halal bullying slammed

Supplied Editorial Anti-Islam protesters at the Halal Food Expo, Fairfield Showground, on Sunday April 12

A LEADING meat processor has hit out at the “ill-informed” anti-halal activists targeting food manufacturers.

Creditor register changes queried

Western Plains Harvest '13

SEVERAL grain companies and transport operators appear to have been paid out in part or fully by Sapphire (SA) Pty Ltd.

Pre-election list complete

 n22wb100 MP Tim Pallas. election coverage

THE Andrews Government says it has funded most of its pre-election commitments in its first Victorian Budget.

Harvest brushes up well for spuds

VICTORIAN farmers are in the middle of potato harvest and have been bolstered by an ideal growing season.

Sales, May 3

This weeks sales included Leongatha, Whycheproof and the Limousin National Sale.


‘Food not gas’ protest

Western Districts residents gathered at the weekend to protest against unconventional gas mining.


Live trade tipped to dominate

THE live export trade presents the most efficient way for Australia to meet growing Asian meat demand and is here to stay.

Dunkeld’s French connection

French couple Sauvanne Bosson and Romain Cabrol run the bustling Dunkeld Old Bakery.


Boost our battered chicken industry

 2006. Broiler chickens in shed. The chicken meat industry says chickens are plumper because of improved care not growth horm...

THE public has a love-hate relationship with the broiler industry.

Budget passes muster

Labor Caucus conference

THE 2015-16 Victorian Budget should not cause much surprise to ­regional Victorians.

Plenty of jobs blowin’ in the wind

 Wonthaggi wind farm.

WIND farms can stimulate regional Victoria economies, writes ANDREW BRAY

Low visibility Dust storm sweeps Vic’s north

Dust storm sweeps Vic’s north

A DUST storm gripped northern Victoria yesterday reducing visibility to just 50 metres in some areas.

On ‘El Nino alert’ despite rain


EL NINO is stalking the nation, and its effects are being felt in inland Queensland, but on the coast rain just keeps coming.

Editor's Choice

Labour rip-off condemned

Overseas Workers

FARMERS have condemned fresh allegations of foreign worker exploitation in major horticultural enterprises.

Plea for more dog trappers


DESPERATION has forced farmers to take extreme measures to protect stock from wild dogs.


Food not gas protest

Western District residents got together to protest unconventional gas mining in their community.


Challenger E Series Launch

AGCO Corp has shared this video of the Challenger E Series Launch with us.


Indonesia to beef up trade

Indonesia to beef up trade

INDONESIA will continue to look to Australia to shore up its growing demand for beef.

Processors on the brakes

Bendigo Prime Lamb Sale

KEY processors have started to reduce lamb and sheep kills ­because of issues with supply, demand and profitability.

Inaction by banks lamented

Inaction by banks lamented

CREDITORS of some failed rural businesses have called for new national laws.

Latest livestock sales

Ballarat store cattle sale April

THIS week’s cattle sale dates.

Shepparton, May 1: $10,000 top

Eclipse Holsteins sale at Shepparton

IT WAS billed as one of the best catalogues of Holsteins to be sold at Shepparton and the build up proved right.

Colac, May 1: Dearest sale ever

Colac, May 1: Dearest sale ever

STEERS sold to almost 300c/kg at Colac’s store cattle sale today in what could be the dearest sale ever at the yards.

US tick to spray crops from drones

US tick to spray crops from drones

A DRONE large enough to carry tanks of fertilisers and pesticides has won rare approval to spray crops in the US.

Drone can lift fertiliser efficiency

Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Dairy Week, Schultz Sisters. Terang

HORSHAM’S Precision Agriculture UAV uses aerial imaging to make better fertiliser rate choices.

Check licence needs

Check licence needs

THINKING about buying a drone or a UAV for the farm and letting the neighbours use in exchange for a couple of slabs of beer?

Clubs on notice in Mallee

THE Mallee Football League will fold under proposals from the review into football structures in Victoria’s northwest.

Weekly Times Horse news

Equalisation steps to clubs

Footy: Metropolitan Championships 3 Games

AFL Victoria is preparing to take its proposed equalisation measures to its leagues and clubs.

More greyhound trainers suspended

More greyhound trainers suspended

TWO more trainers have been suspended amid investigations into the use of live animals to train greyhounds at a Victorian track.

Hunt greyhounds test positive for amphetamines

Xylia Allen - Photo shoot

TWO greyhounds have tested positive to amphetamines, heaping further pressure on their trainer who was suspended last week because another dog tested positive for ice.

Urban cowboy

HIS great-grandfather bought the first steer at Newmarket, and Jimmy Matthews sold the last. But there’s more to this livestock legend.

Weekly Times Travel News

Give soil a green feed

Give soil a green feed

THERE’S nothing like the contents of half-used seed packets for a green manure crop. Your plants will reward you.

The tough get growing

The tough get growing

WE CAN plant Australian trees and shrubs at any time of the year, but autumn is the best time of all.

A good time to move

Moving plants

TIMING is crucial when it comes to the successful transplanting of trees shrubs and roses.

Spice it up with coriander

Country Living FOOD PAGE

CORIANDER is one of those herbs you either love or hate.

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate brownies

BROWNIES are a decadent treat, ideal for bringing along to a dinner party or morning tea.

Shortbread a longtime favourite

Country Living FOOD PAGE

AS LONG as you have butter, sugar, flour and salt, you can make one of the most beloved, classic biscuits.

Bonking Bales are multiplying

BLIMEY, the Bonking Bales are bearing babies.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

This bull’s no fool

This bull’s no fool

MEET Chief Sitting Bull, the Hereford who thinks he’s a dog.

Stump claim a saw point in Otways

Stump claim a saw point in Otways

LOOKS like there is some debate about the origins of our recent picture of the tree stump big enough to stable a horse.

Whatever angle, it’s a car-tastrophe

Whatever angle, it’s a car-tastrophe

WHAT’s this? Has the Stig from Top Gear been visiting South Australia and got himself in to a spot of bother?

Whale of a time

TRAVEL: Broome, Western Australia.

WEEKLY Times photographer ZOE PHILLIPS discovers the beauty of the North-West

Rooms with views

Rooms with views

JUST as we are about to start a feast at Canberra’s new Jamala Lodge, several unexpected guests drop by.

Croatia via private sail

Sail Croatia

THE blue waters of the Adriatic Sea look inviting as we set sail along Croatia’s pretty Dalmatian coast.

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