Last Updated: September 03, 2014

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Vine intervention

CATHERINE and Alistair Hicks have turned milk into wine on their farm near Maffra.

Water charges to plunge

dry weather

THOUSANDS of Victorian irrigators will soon pay less for their water.

Subdivision threat to farmers

Lockington right to farm

FARMERS are calling a new threat to their future “subdivision by stealth”.

Nats urged to woo women votes

 Dr Jacky Abbott. The keynote speaker at the National Party's National Conference in Canberra, Barnaby Joyce, during his spee...

THE Nationals must do more to court single women voters and move away from their traditional base.

Battle over toxic dump bid

Jim Burns. Mallee Toxic Waste Dump

A NEW toxic waste dump for the northern Mallee is just weeks away from approval.

Trout drought drives inquiry

 Fisheries Victoria released rainbow trout in excess of 1kg into Lake Hyland for the Family Fishing Festival.

EXCLUSIVE: ALMOST $1m will be spent investigating the disappearance of trout from Victoria’s highland rivers.

Nats Senator questions party loyalty


A NATIONALS senator has told colleagues to show loyalty or quit the party.

Restraint urged on China FTA

Restraint urged on China FTA

COALITION MPs are warning against a China free trade deal “at all costs”.

Shaw to stay in Parliament

Geoff Shaw

UPDATE: CONTROVERSIAL independent MP Geoff Shaw will not be expelled from Parliament.

World pics, Sept 1

TAKE a look about the world.


Timely rain gives Bibbys a boost

GARRY Bibby welcomed this week’s rain like a long-lost friend after a worrying winter.

Toxic dump ‘not right’ by farm

THE Burns family has run sheep, grown grain on low rainfall country in the north of the state for a century.

Farm battle heard next month

ECHUCA right to farm champion John Watson will likely have his planning application heard in October.

Purcell looms as Dogs’ final hurdle

STRATHMERTON‘S Shaun Downie says it will take a team effort to stop Aaron Purcell in Saturday’s grand final.

Water price setting exhausting

 Irrigation channel watering oats and vetch on Pindari. Old Cobran property, Deniliquin, NSW.

THE setting of water prices is an exhausting business.

Labor may lead the polls ...

 Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews on his parents family farm at Londrigan, near Wangaratta.

THE latest opinion poll has delivered with it a serious case of Labor fever.

We’re back on track: Joyce

Live cattle export numbers increase at Townsville

SINCE the Coalition government was elected, we have wasted no time in revitalising agriculture.

Editor's Choice

Shaun the sheep gets clipped


SHAUN the sheep has had his first ever haircut at the ripe old aged of six.

Omeo grand final axed

Omeo grand final axed

UPDATE: TOMORROW’S Omeo and District league grand final has been called off.

National weather

The New 'It' Drink Is... Camel Milk??

Step aside, goat's milk. A new milk option is available for the U.S. consumer... and it's camel's milk. Charles Passy joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero for a taste test. Photo: Videoblocks


Secrets of a Great Steak

Ever wonder why steakhouse steaks are so tastyand costly? WSJs Tanya Rivero takes you behind the curtain at NYY Steak Midtown, where Chef Alex Garcia reveals his secrets. From the meat, to the cut, to the dry aging and the prep, well show you what it takes to make amazing steaks.



Should a taskforce be created to deal with unscrupulous labour hire firms?

Sucker prices to settle

Wagga Wagga lamb sale 13.3.2014

SPRING prices for young lambs are expected to settle despite a rocky start to the season.

Crop yield hopes fade

Crop yield hopes fade

A DRY winter is threatening to dash hopes for a bumper Victorian harvest.

Dairy earnings rocket

Man on ride-on herding cattle. Cows. Dairy cattle. (LIBRARY NOTE: no further information supplied).

EXCLUSIVE: VICTORIAN dairy farmers have reported a 600pc rise in whole-farm earnings ­before ­interest and tax.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle and sheep dairy sale dates.

Warragul, Sept 1: Cows to $3000

 Paringa Holsteins Dairy sale. Lot 15. cow nose muzzle close-up lens

HOLSTEIN cows sold to $3000 at a dispersal at Warragul today.

Wycheproof, Aug 29: $222 top

Wycheproof, Aug 29: $222 top

DEMAND remained robust for quality store sheep at Wycheproof today.

eMax ready for tough tasks

eMax ready for tough tasks

MAHINDRA has hit the Australian sub-compact market with its new eMax Series that sells from $12,990.

Claas covering new ground

Claas covering new ground

THE new Claas Liner 3600, 800 and 700 swathers feature new running gear and compact transport dimensions.

New Holland combine powers in

New Holland combine powers in

THE most powerful combine harvester in the world will available in Australia next year.

Big finish gets Weeks in 100 club

ROCHESTER forward Grant Weeks became the ninth and final player to snare 100 goals this season.

Weekly Times Horse news

Trout drought drives inquiry

 Fisheries Victoria released rainbow trout in excess of 1kg into Lake Hyland for the Family Fishing Festival.

EXCLUSIVE: ALMOST $1m will be spent investigating the disappearance of trout from Victoria’s highland rivers.

Bulldogs primed for flag tilt

 Heathcote District Football League, Round 15, Huntly Hawks vs North Bendigo Bulldogs, Huntly Hawks won 25-12-162 v 9-8-62 , ...

NORTH Bendigo co-coach Rob Bennett says his side is the hunter not the hunted in Saturday’s grand final.

Red Cliffs have point to prove

 Red Cliffs Football Club, coach Troy Moncur

AFTER a tumultuous year, Red Cliffs coach Troy Moncur is relieved to be in the Sunraysia league grand final.

Tobi soars to new heights

THERE’S a strong current that runs through Tobi Geiger’s life.

Weekly Times Travel News

How to grow tomatoes

 Jill McCalman and Andrew Wood grow heirloom tomatoes at Glenora Heritage Produce, Tooborac. A mixed bunch of Hillbilly, Blac...

IF YOU’RE half a gardener you’ll already be in the throes of spring fever.

Welcome a frog in your pond

Roaming Reptiles

IF you haven’t even seen any frogs in your garden lately, start worrying.

Get passion in spades

Get passion in spades

IF you want to learn quickly how to grow vegetables, get yourself a passionate teacher.

Lamb a spring delight

Food Pics

LAMB is a family favourite for many households and spring lamb is a popular option.

Asparagus season closes in

Food Pics

ASPARAGUS comes into its own during the spring-summer months.

Koutsantonis rallies behind Beer

Food Manufacturing

SOUTH Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has come to Maggie Beer’s support.

Dear Agnes: Kid problems

DEAR Agnes, What’s wrong with kids these days?

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Laughing gear: Big shot

Laughing gear: Big shot

A BIG-SHOT, full-of-himself celebrity had to spend a couple of days in hospital.

A pub with no... food?

A pub with no... food?

BAD luck if you were hungry and in need of a meal at the Lake Boga pub last week.

Want to get Hors Piste?

Want to get Hors Piste?

IS this a rare case of honesty in advertising (above)?

Don’t forget your gun

Don’t forget your gun

A GLACIER park in the US offers spectacular scenery and also some beastly dangers.

Down town to funky town

 Castlemaine. Theatre Royal

CASTLEMAINE rocks. And that’s not a reference to the renowned sweet candy — Castlemaine Rock.

Foodies all about travelling

Lamb and wine adventure- Four farmers' follies

IT was while Gippsland farmers Paul and Jenny O’Sullivan were in Europe the idea dawned on them.

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