Last Updated: May 05, 2015

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Meat feast to boost quality

ROCKHAMPTON’S claim as Australia’s beef capital grew this week as crowds ate 900 plates of beef in the name of science.

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.

Labour rip-off condemned

Overseas Workers

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

RBA cuts cash rate to historic low

RBA cuts cash rate to historic low

THE Reserve Bank has cut the official interest rate to a historic low of 2.0 per cent.

JBS cuts lamb processing

 Hardwick Meat Processing. Kyneton. lamb.

UPDATE: AUSTRALIA’s largest red meat processor is cutting its lamb and mutton processing in half.

Nufarm: It’s Hunt after hunt

Nufarm building generic. The Nufarm Ltd. logo is displayed at the company's headquarters, outside of Melbourne, Australia, on...

FARM chemical manufacturer Nufarm Limited has appointed Greg Hunt as its new CEO and managing director.

Illegal tobacco easy to buy

Illegal tobacco easy to buy

A NEW report has found illicit tobacco is being sold in at least 13 Victorian country centres.

Marcus Oldham in top five

 Marcus Oldham students from Geelong. Students are from all over the country studying agriculture. Andrew Fisher and Alexandr...

AGRICULTURE college Marcus Oldham has ranked in the top five per cent in the University Experience Survey.

Rego relief revealed in Vic Budget

Treasurer Tim Pallas photo opp ahead of State Budget

HALF-price registration for apprentice tradies will be part of the Andrews Government’s first Budget.

Highway culture

GIPPSLAND dairy farmers Glen Bisogin and Kaye Courtney launched Bassine Specialty Cheeses in June 2014. Read their story in FARM magazine, free in The Weekly Times this week.

Taste of bold blue tomatoes excite

NEW blue tomato varieties have made their way to Australia, and Robbie Keck is one of the few growers in Victoria.

Beefing up the business

MODERATION in everything is the key to the Ziller family’s beef herd.

Whistle while you shoot

ABE Andrews is more cunning than a fox.

Katrina is hands down best

AUSTRALIA’S best rodeo horsewoman has one of the finest riding pedigrees in the nation.

Budget passes muster

Labor Caucus conference

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

Farmers took on PETA and won

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.

AS farmers and shearers quickly pointed out, fake wounds to a fake lamb were so severe they were ludicrous.

Stirrings at heart of dairy

DAIRY: GM Ryegrass Scott Wightman organic dairy farmer.

IF YOU thought the past week was big for the dairy industry, brace yourself; there’s a lot more to come.

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.


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.

Cattle exports booming

Port of Townsville

THE export of cattle to China is set to transform North Queensland’s grazing industry.

MG to finish on $6.051 kgMS

Coles First MG Milk

MURRAY Goulburn supplies will finish next season, 2015-16 at $6.051 kilogram milk solids.

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.

Wycheproof, May 1: 5000 yarded

Wycheproof, May 1: 5000 yarded

A YARDING of 5000 sheep went under the hammer at Wycheproof special store sale today.

A gateway to fast flock handling

A gateway to fast flock handling

A PORTABLE sheep handler you can tow behind a ute or ATV is what Clipex brings to the table.

A powerful post driver

A powerful post driver

DRIVING fence posts is a whole lot easier with a powered driver.

New Polaris diesel UTV at Agfest

New Polaris diesel UTV at Agfest

AGFEST visitors will see the brand new Polaris 2015 Ranger diesel 1000 HD EPS available for sale.

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.

Weekly Times Horse news

Feature jumps races heading bush

sandown jumps races

VICTORIA’S feature jumps races will be run on country tracks this year after the closure of Sandown for the season.

Trainers charged over live baiting

The Advertiser Library

SEVEN greyhound trainers have been charged over the live baiting scandal, accused of using animals to train their dogs.

Fisherman attacked by sea lion

Dan Carlin, sea lion, yellowtail

WHEN Dan Carlin posed for this photo with a giant fish, the last thing he expected was to be attacked by a sea lion.

Budget passes muster

Labor Caucus conference

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

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.

Champion of the birds

SARAH HUDSON discovers Don Ripper’s plans to preserve natural history using an island observatory.

Weekly Times Travel News

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.

Bonfire with benefits

Sprinkling wood ash around cabbages

WHEN the end of fire restrictions was announced recently, I confess to a feeling of childish excitement.

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.

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate brownies

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

Fried haloumi

 DT FOODHOLD...28/5/03...Neil Perry, Holoumi Bread Salad, pan fry Haloumi.........Pic Jim Trifyllis.....

TRY this recipe for fried haloumi.

Raunchy hay bales cause a stir

THE world has gone bonkers over the bonking bales.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

We’re just testing you

We’re just testing you

ANY one spot the deliberate mistake in The Weekly Times classifieds last week to see if you were paying attention?

No one had a patch on Mick

No one had a patch on Mick

GRAHAM Rees from Ballarat has been reminded of his old boss Rupert “Mick” Moon, who was in World War I.

Getting down and dirty

Getting down and dirty

HEAR about the footy player that got a little behind in his work?

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.

Sale at an easy pace

VIC Australia Day

IT’S A town many simply drive through but stop and you’ll find some gems in Sale’s rich history.

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