Last Updated: May 06, 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 facing flick

Chicken industry facing flick

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

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.

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.

No slug on small drones

No slug on small drones

FLYING a drone weighing less than 2kg for commercial purposes won’t require an operator’s certificate.

Beef a broken record

BEEF: High Country Calf Sales Monday

THE EYCI is trading in uncharted territory, breaking its record price every day for the past week.

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.

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.

$220m Murray Basin Rail pledge

 Melton suburb profile - VLine Train Passing

GETTING trains on tracks was a key focus of the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

Covino dumps labour hire

Overseas Workers

ONE of Australia’s major vegetable growers is no longer using labour-hire companies.

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

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.

Overnight rain relief for Vic

 Appila farmer Greg Harvie checks his rain guage in a green paddock after drought breaking rainfall at his Braeside farm prop...

WESTERN Victoria has received some welcome rain overnight, somewhat easing fears of a continuing weak autumn break.

Editor's Choice

Plea for more dog trappers


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

Paradise Down Under

COUNTRY LIVING: Maja Meiland at Paradise.

SWEDE Maja Weiland found Paradise when she moved to Australia. A farm at Paradise, that is.


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.


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.

Chicken sales rule the roost

 3/11/2000 Brunswick resident Noel Blencowe with his Barnavelda rooster named Barney. The council is trying to force rooster ...

RED meat sales are falling fowl of poultry.

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.

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.

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?

SeedMaster simply built to last

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

A LIFESPAN of more than 10 years is what Simplicity offers with its heavy-duty SeedMaster air drill.

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

Rovers’ record comeback

 Ovens & Murray Football League, Round 9, Myrtleford Saints v Wangaratta Rovers Hawks, Wangaratta Rovers Hawks w...

WANGARATTA Rovers’ first win this season on Saturday is also believed to be the biggest comeback in the club’s history.

Clubs assessing proposals

Clubs assessing proposals

THE preliminary recommendations from AFL Victoria’s North West Structural Review have received mixed responses.

Country footballer dies

Country footballer dies

A YOUNG father and footy club captain has died during a country match after collapsing on to the field following a tackle.

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.

Ask Agnes: Barking tax break

Ask Agnes: Barking tax break

DEARAgnes, I’m a hobby farmer and like to do the right thing like controlling pests and weeds on my block.

Laughing gear: Eye-catching pooch

Laughing gear: Eye-catching pooch

THREE handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, female Poodle.

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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