Last Updated: January 25, 2015

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Final strike on fruit fly

THE world’s worst fruit pest, Queensland fruit fly, is now in plague proportions across Victoria.

Property deal setback

DAIRY: Aaron Thomas on farm at Binginwarri.

SOUTHWEST Victorian dairy farmers will have to wait to learn if they have sold their properties to a foreign-backed investor.

Backpacker’s farm horror

Grape picking begins in the Hunter

AN English backpacker is leaving Victoria after “a harrowing experience” working on Mildura farms.

$240k? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

PROPERTY: 'The Castle' house in Bonnie Doon.

THE vendors wanted $240,000 for the Kerrigans’ holiday house at Bonnie Doon. But buyers have told them they were dreaming.

Bitumen bandits in Deniliquin

 SA road construction worker Angi Consoli laying new bitumen on Swan Terrace at Ethelton. tar /Roads

UPDATE: THE “bitumen bandits” have approached several properies in the NSW Riverina this week.

Backpacker ‘paid $1.35 an hour’

Backpacker ‘paid $1.35 an hour’

A SMALL-BUSINESS owner has strongly hit back at claims he paid a young Italian backpacker less than $2 an hour for four weeks’ work.

Cut the ‘irrational attacks’

Cut the ‘irrational attacks’

THE Minister for Agriculture has called for live export critics to end their “irrational and misleading attacks”.

Illawarra claims IDW crown

DAIRY - International Dairy Week 2015 Tuesday

THREE mates wrote themselves into the IDW history books with the first colour breed to ever win the overall champion.

Ex-MP to chair Basin authority

Generic views of the Murray River at Boundary Bend on Victorian side between Robinvale and Toolybuc.

FORMER Liberal MP Neil Andrew will be the next chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Search to disburse Iraq wheat cash

 Iraqi man holding handfull of Australian wheat being offloaded in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, Iraq 09 Apr 2003. crane

ABOUT $3.4 million lies unclaimed by Australian grain growers who delivered to wheat pools in the late 1980s.

France lends Moyston a hand


HELP has come from as far away as France, Queensland and Western Australia for victims of the Moyston fire.

Star Lane Wines

Brett and Liz Barnes’ winery, Star Lane, has been awarded a five-star rating in the James Halliday 2015 wine companion.


Ballarat brews up a storm

IF YOU want to make the best beer in the world, you need the best water.

Helping hand for kids

WHEN baby Lucas Whitelegg nearly died of a rare condition, his family travelled 500km for medical help.

It’s Bobbiemania in Tasmania

AT FIRST glance, Bobbie Bear is an unassuming purple, lavender and wheat-filled toy.

A cider seed is planted

SAFET Kutrolli was sitting around, having a few drinks with his mates, when he had the idea.

There’s plenty still at steak

LIVESTOCK: Wodonga Weaner Sale

BEEF prices are sizzling. But there’s plenty still at steak.

Now cattle are really dear to us

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.

THERE has always been something endearing about cattle but now, as beef prices at last rise sharply, we have reason to love them a little bit more.

Pollies rescue Lake Toolondo

NEWS: Farmer Greg McDonald at Toolondo Reservoir

LABOR lands new fans by rescuing Lake Toolondo, writes CHRIS McLENNAN

Editor's Choice

At 18m, it’s a full frontal assault

At 18m, it’s a full frontal assault

SO FAR so good for the world’s only 60-foot front that has been in operation in Australian wheat and barley. WATCH THE VIDEO

Noxious fish Tilapia in power station pondage

Tilapia in power station pondage

A LARGE population of one of the world’s most invasive fish species is living in a small Victorian lake.

GRASS FOCUS Aaron nurses share market

Aaron nurses share market

ONE passionate South Gippsland dairy farmer reckons there’s no need to own land to become a success.

Cascade of quality flows

Cascade of quality flows

MICHAEL McCormack puts great store in knowing all he can about his herd.

National weather

You could be paying too much for petrol

And what you can do about it


Bingham's Midwest 60-foot harvester front

The MidWest Durus Premium 60-foot (18m) draper front owned by Bingham Harvesting has been at work in Bolac White wheat in Skipton, Victoria. The Weekly Times Justin Law caught up with Dan Bingham to find out how the worlds biggest header front was performing.


Costa Group up for sale

Frank Costa. Geelong

AUSTRALIA’S largest private fruit and vegetable producer, Costa Group, is up for sale.

Australian wine exports boom

 07/05/2008 BUSINESS: Rows of oak barrels filled with fermenting wine are stacked at Coldstream Hills Winery, owned by Foster...

AUSTRALIAN wine exports rose 1.9 per cent in volume and value last year.

Rain reprieve saves on irrigation

 News BCM 11.10.12 Weather. Darrell Dennis checks the rain gauge on his dairy farm near Beaudesert. Pic Peter Wallis

RAIN last week helped save money on irrigation in northern Victoria.

Wodonga, Jan 23: $1810 top

Wodonga female sale 23.1.2015

CATTLE producers showed their hand with selective bidding at day two of the female sale at Wodonga.

Yea, Jan 23: $1760 top

Beef Feature High Spa Angus

JOINED heifers sold to a top of $1760 at Yea’s annual feature female sale today.

Naracoorte, Jan 23: Locals buy up

Naracoorte, Jan 23: Locals buy up

HEIFERS topped at $850 a head at Naracoorte in South Australia today.

Deere to launch big square baler


JOHN Deere will launch into Australia its first large square baler.

Showtime for tractors

Showtime for tractors

CHAMBERLAIN will be the feature tractor marque at the Quambatook’s Harvest Days this weekend.

Precision sowing in broadacre crops

Precision sowing in broadacre crops

A POSITIVE air precision seeding system for broadacre cropping is what PFG Australia is offering.

Alderuccio joins AFL CM

DAVID Alderuccio has been appointed AFL Central Murray’s inaugural regional operations manager.

Weekly Times Horse news

Siblings carve it up at Echuca

Murry River Trip

JAKE and Jayme Clancy have been on the water almost as long as they've been on their feet.

Vic Country scores second spot

Australian Country Cricket Championships

VIC Country finished second in the Australian Country Cricket Championships behind Queensland.

Little action for injured Jackson

Jackson Thurlow

GEELONG youngster Jackson Thurlow gets a reminder about his serious kidney injury almost every time he walks down the stairs.

Qld farmers seek party plans

Moyston Fires

THE Liberal National Party and Labor have no new plans for agriculture, Queensland farmers say.

Winery shoots for the Star

Red Gum Wine

WHEN a winery is only selling a limited number of cases a year, everything about those wines needs to be right.

It’s beer — but not as we know it

GAS bubbles are now optional at a Geelong pub.

Weekly Times Travel News

Taming tomato plants

Taming tomato plants

TOMATO plants tend to behave in weird ways, especially while in strong, active growth.

No need to gild the lily

 Lilium. Flower.

LILIUMS can be the most neglected plants in our gardens, but every year they will burst into bloom.

It pays to be picky

Harvest when firm and green

THERE’S little point in spending months growing vegetables and fruit if they are not correctly harvested.

Candy’s banana cake

Global kitchen Pat Mulley

WHEN bananas get a little old they can make the perfect base for a moist, flavoursome cake.

Loving it in the raw

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

WHILE raw fish may seem to be a strange dinner choice, it is quite delicious when prepared properly.

How to preserve olives

 Steve and Pam Coleman. Olive farm. Metung. Black olives undergoing preserving.

PATRICIA Boyer of Castlemaine shares her recipe on how to preserve olives.

$240k? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

THE vendors wanted $240,000 for the Kerrigans’ holiday house at Bonnie Doon. But buyers have told them they were dreaming.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

'‘Prehistoric' shark caught in Victoria

‘Prehistoric’ shark caught in Victoria

SHARKS have terrified Aussie beachgoers across the nation this summer, but this odd looking beast might be the scariest of them all.

A welcome hungry caterpillar

A welcome hungry caterpillar

AUDREY Hurst was driving to Bridgewater near Bendigo when she saw this hay bale caterpillar.

It’s too much to bear

It’s too much to bear

THE age of the food allergy craze seems to have crossed into the animal kingdom.

Gippsland Lakes a serene getaway

 The jetty at Lakes Entrance in the Gippsland region of Victoria. Escape travel Must credit Gavin Hansford, Tourism Victoria

HERE’S a quick mind teaser for you.

Go with the flow

 SEPTEMBER, 2004: Tourists travelling aboard hired houseboat named

HAVE a need for speed? Then a houseboat holiday is not for you.

Summer fun in the sun

Summer fun in the sun

SCHOOL holidays are here and the sun is out.

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