Last Updated: December 22, 2014

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The only way to have pudding

DOUSED in brandy and set alight is the only way to eat Christmas pudding.

RET deal warning

RET deal warning

CONSUMERS face electricity price rises unless a deal is done on the future of the RET.

ATV death toll rises to 15

Border Patrol Agents Monitor U.S. Mexico Border

ATVS have claimed 15 lives this year in a mix of farm-related and recreational activities.

Accused firebug arrested

Fire at Lindsay Park Euroa

A MAN accused of being one of Victoria’s worst firebugs is behind bars ahead of what authorities warn could be a devastating bushfire season.

Coles ordered to pay $10m

Coles to pay $10m for squeezing suppliers

COLES will pay $10 million in penalties for its “deliberate, orchestrated and relentless” plan to profit by squeezing money from smaller suppliers.

Tractor, hay baler destroyed by fire

eden hills fire.

A HEADER fire at Linwood in the Mid North has spread to a tractor, hay baler and 5ha of crop, causing an estimated $500,000 damage.

Bush baby faces new drought

Bush baby faces new drought

LUCY Geddes posed for a photograph in 2002 that kicked off an appeal to help drought-stricken farmers.

Con of the bitumen

Bitumen scam

UPDATE: THE bitumen bandits are on the move.

No charity for wind group

 Sarah Laurie, a South Australian GP, who has been collecting reserach that relates to the effects of wind turbines on the lo...

A RENOWNED anti wind farm lobby group has been stripped of its charity status.

Woolies accused of bullying

Woolies accused of bullying

UPDATE: WOOLWORTHS supermarket has been accused of bullying suppliers into funding its discount war.

Fruit fly outbreak in Victoria’s north

Queensland fruit fly

UPDATE: FRUIT fly outbreaks in northern Victoria have forced restrictions in the movement of fruit to prevent the spread of the devastating pest.

On top of the scoreboard

CONDITION  score is king when it comes to boosting lambing percentages.

Spread love with roses

I WILL never apologise for my brutal treatment of roses.

Hay trade slows as year ends

THIS year’s hay baling is drawing to a close and the hay trade is slowing down accordingly.

Farming in the family

THE Elsom family has been farming at Warrabkook since the 1960s.

Contract sale brings premium

FOR wool grower Mark ­Tonissen it was an easy decision to sell most of his wool clip in to a contract.

Abuse of workers must stop

FARM Green Olive at Red Hill

THE latest allegations of foreign workers being underpaid is evidence the problem has spread.

All foreign to farmers

 Lal Lal Estate in Yendon, is one of Victoria's oldest gardens at 100 years old.

YOU can’t blame the public for being sceptical.

Coles ruling one giant leap

Coles ruling one giant leap

MOST suppliers would have imagined hell would freeze over before Coles admitted to bullying them.

Editor's Choice

CHINA FTA Free-trade deal ‘no silver bullet’

21/07/2006 NA: Jersey cows on the Hicks family dairy farm just out of Mooroopna. Dairy Awards. Pic. Zoe Phillips

IT will be good, but not great. That’s the warning from a dairy analyst speaking about Australia’s recent FTA with China.

DEPI staff furious

 In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 an unidentified man holds a red claw crayfish at a local fish shop in Harare, Zi...

UPDATE: DEPI staff are furious they learned their department would be split through reports by The Weekly Times.

Sweet life for young Free spirit

Sweet life for young Free spirit

HE’S only 26 but he runs the biggest organic farm in Victoria — if not Australia — and has plans to keep expanding.

Nyangay flock a cut above

Nyangay flock a cut above

GEOFF and Jill Chapman could join the circus with the amount of juggling that’s been needed in the past year.

National weather

Zoe Phillips on the Today Show

Weekly Times photographer Zoe Phillips on the Today Show


Staheli West DewPoint 6110

See what Ryanag's Evan Ryan thinks about the Staheli West DewPoint 6110.


LFP sold to Parmalat

Holstein cow with tongue sticking out

THE boss of Longwarry Food Park said selling the business to Parmalat would enable it to grow faster.

Colac saleyards booming

Colac Weaner Sale

THROUGHPUT at the Colac Regional Saleyards jumped 70 per cent from July to November.

Elders’ share deal

Naracoorte first cross ewe lamb sale

ELDERS Ltd will consolidate its shares as a result of a successful vote at today’s annual meeting.

Ballarat, Dec 19: Prices soar

Ballarat, Dec 19: Prices soar

CHRISTMAS came early to vendors at the Ballarat store cattle sale today.

Wangaratta, Dec 19: Fires fuel sales

 Wangaratta cattle sale - 1.2. 2013

FIRES swelled numbers at today’s Wangaratta cattle sale as burnt out farmers took the chance to offload stock.

Camperdown, Dec 19: $2000 top

Moloney Jersey dispersal sale, Camperdown

REGISTERED Jersey breeders picked apart pens to push prices to more than $2000 at Camperdown today.

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

THE JCB GT backhoe was recently crowned the fastest digger after reaching speeds of more than 116km/h.

Sprayer packs more punch

Sprayer packs more punch

THE new John Deere R4040i self-propelled sprayer that replaces the 5430i will be arriving early next year.

Sprayer covers a record 1023ha

Sprayer covers a record 1023ha

AMAZONE’S UX11200 trailed sprayer has set a world record for spraying by covering 1032ha in 24 hours.

Harvest pulls up stumps

IN TERMS of an introduction to bush cricket, there is nothing like it.

Weekly Times Horse news

TAC Cup fixture released

TAC Cup grand final: Calder Cannons V Oakleigh Chargers

AFL Victoria’s TAC Cup 2015 fixture has been released.

Ballarat Cup investigated

 Nights of Glory, Ballarat. Anthony Butt drives Stunin Cullen to the line to win the Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup.

THE late scratching of all but four horses from the 2014 Ballarat Pacing Cup is being investigated.

Hooper heads home

Hooper heads home

FORMER Western Bulldog Andrew Hooper has signed with the North Ballarat Roosters.

Jingles keeps trucking

OWNING 14 trucks in 73 years might seem like a lot to some but to Jingles Neal it’s not nearly enough.

Weekly Times Travel News

Spread love with roses

Spread love with roses

I WILL never apologise for my brutal treatment of roses.

The propagation guide

Rhodo Glen nursery

WITH little effort, it’s easy to fill your garden at virtually no cost.

Help blooms to thrive

Help blooms to thrive

SUMMER has arrived at last.

Asparagus and mint coleslaw

CL Food

THIS week’s column is about to set the record straight.

Cardamom cooking

CL Food

CARDAMOM is one of the crown jewels of the spice world.

Christmas slice

 Food - CSIRO Christmas fruit mince slice.

THIS easy Christmas slice has just six ingredients and will be a sure crowd pleaser.

Artists emerge from the farm

ARCHIBALE Prize entries are coming in thick and fast from across Victoria.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Snake caught in hay bale

Snake caught in hay bale

THE fear of most is to be bailed up by a snake. So it makes a nice change to see a Joe Blake baled up.

Wallaby chucks a wobbly

Wallaby chucks a wobbly

THERE’S a ripper video on the Weekly Times’ Facebook page of a wallaby’s encounter with a fox.

Carp calendar is off the scales

Carp calendar is off the scales

THE charity calendars of unclothed lads and ladettes are now passe.

Gems hidden at Stratford


IT WAS a stroke of genius when they named Stratford, the Gippsland town east of Sale, located by the Avon River.

Learn from Europe’s farming best

Learn from Europe’s farming best

WANT to know everything there is to know about Europe’s cutting-edge agriculture practices and technology?

Getaway to the USA

Getaway to the USA

GETTING away from the farm for a holiday can be tough, but this is a tour with plenty of interest for those on the land.

Prison farm sells

Hayes Prison Farm

HAYES Prison Farm in Tasmania has been snapped up by a mystery buyer just days after failing to sell at auction.

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