Last Updated: October 25, 2014

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Strawberry season looks fruitful

QUALITY is up and so is colour for this year’s Victorian strawberry crop.

Gippsland train chaos

A V-Line Velocity train, (Fast Train), crosses the Barwon Heads road at Marshall.

UPDATE: Gippsland train services to be thrown into disarray during the height of next month’s election.

Doman family has win in the courts

Doman family has win in the courts

EXCLUSIVE: MT Gambier’s Doman family has won a battle over the receivership of a number of its companies.

Dairy Australia lifts its spend

Owen Copinga, Isla Bank, Southland New Zealand

DAIRY Australia increased its expenditure by 6 per cent in 2013-14 to a record $61.8 million.

Cobar man charged with stock theft

Farmer Bill Mitchell in the paddock where 200 merino sheep graze on turf grown from a piece of the SCG at his Guyra property ...

A COBAR man has been charged in relation to the theft of 68 sheep from a property near Nyngan, in NSW.

Live export protest

Live export

PROTESTERS have rallied against live exports from Port Adelaide.

Alleged dirt track tiffs turn to tragedy

Tripple Shooting

UPDATE: A MAN charged with the murder of his neighbours in country Victoria had been embroiled in disputes with them.

Dumping loopholes probed

 in season tomatoes Picture: Supplied

ANTI-Dumping laws will be the focus of a federal parliamentary inquiry amid growing loophole concerns.

China dairy deal’s mixed response

 Dairy cattle.

NEWS Chinese investors could take control of up to 50 farms in Victoria has received a mixed response.

Victorian votes lost in the haze

Morwell electorate profile

THE Hazelwood coal mine fire in February has turned up the heat on sitting MP Russell Northe.

100 wind jobs axed

100 wind jobs axed

UPDATE: A LARGE Portland manufacturer will sack 100 staff following uncertainty over the renewable energy target.

Cereal hay prices on the move

WITH wheaten and oaten hay hitting the ground in northern Victoria, cereal hay prices are on the move.

Rupanyup makes a meal of it

GROWERS will put the ongoing dry behind them and let their spirits lift at this weekend’s Barley Banquet.

Dayne backs his calling

DAYNE Barry is calling the shots on his fledging career as he embarks on becoming Victorian horse racing’s youngest racecaller.

Snapper in the bay

YELLOWBELLY are on the bite in the freshwater, and snapper dominate bay and inlet reports.

On the move at Naringal station

A FLOCK of 1100 ewes and lambs were on the move this week at historic Naringal station, at Wallinduc, southeast of Ballarat, in the Western District.

Way clear for smart to prosper

Barnaby Joyce

BARNABY Joyce’s road map for agriculture raises plenty of the issues which brought him to prominence.

Wait and see on R&D

CSIRO protest

RESEARCHERS gathered at Rutherglen to celebrate one of the longest running agricultural trials in Australia.

Southwest Vic attracts foreigners

Southwest Vic attracts foreigners

YOU could be forgiven for believing there was only one region in Australia which produced milk.

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Glimmer of hope in cancer battle

Spokes of Hope

CANCER can strike anyone without prejudice, with one in three of us likely to suffer it.

Mulesing remains mainstay

Australian Sheep and Wool Show Preview

LESS than 10 per cent of wool is sold as non-mulesed despite a decade-long push to rule out the practice.

Several contest seat of Morwell

Several contest seat of Morwell

THE Indi movement is on in Morwell.

Micro parties hunt for power

 Bruce Poon (in suit) senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party leads protesters through the city protesting live animal ...

MORE than double the number of parties that ran in the 2010 election will contest the November 29 poll.

National weather

Pykes Creek Reservoir

Ed Smith from Southern Rural Water at Pykes Creek Reservoir


Alpine snow dump

A cold wintry blast has blanketed the Alps with residents of Falls Creek waking to around 10cm of fresh snow. Temperatures plummeted to mid winter levels at minus 3.7C. Further snow flurries are expected tomorrow. Locals revelled in snow play today at the Alpine Village



Should a supermarket code of conduct be mandatory?

Beef numbers defy returns

Beef numbers defy returns

THE number of cattle still coming out of paddocks continues to amaze.

Doman family has win in the courts

Doman family has win in the courts

EXCLUSIVE: MT Gambier’s Doman family has won a battle over the receivership of a number of its companies.

Dairy Australia lifts its spend

Owen Copinga, Isla Bank, Southland New Zealand

DAIRY Australia increased its expenditure by 6 per cent in 2013-14 to a record $61.8 million.

Yea, Oct 24: Females to $1410

Yea, Oct 24: Females to $1410

COWS and calves sold to a top of $1410 at the Yea female sale where there were just 260 cattle yarded.

Warrnambool, Oct 24: Prices fall

Warrnambool, Oct 24: Prices fall

DRY conditions knocked “a couple of hundred dollars” off the value of the best cows at Warrnambool today.

Hamilton, Oct 23: Steers firm

Hamilton annual Kerr & Co feature spring cattle sale.

A YARDING of 3200 store cattle withstood downward pressure on prices at Hamilton today.

Case mid-sized tractor updated

Case mid-sized tractor updated

CASE IH has hit the 100hp market with its new Farmall C mid-size tractor range.

Taking the hard work out of baling

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

A BALE accumulator and Tenpack Bale Grab were getting plenty of attention at the Elmore Field Days.

Stratos for a rally good time

Motorclassica Preview

PHILIP Allen’s 1974 Lancia Stratos Stradale HF, by his own admission, looks like a bit of a spaceship.

Country footy salary cap debate

AFL Victoria will trial a salary cap to put a lid on the rising costs of country footballers.

Weekly Times Horse news

Boy aged 11 kills rare albino deer

Boy aged 11 kills rare albino deer

THIS is the photo of an 11-year-old boy who has just shot dead the rare buck while out hunting with his dad.

Angler reels in mythical tunicorn

Supplied Editorial

A NORTH Australian fisho got the shock of his life when he reeled in a tunicorn.

Blues skies shine over Geelong Cup

Cup day social pics

THE weather gods have given their blessing to this year’s Geelong Cup.

Mont De Lancey is a treasure

SURROUNDED by orchards, Mont De Lancey homestead sits snugly in a postcard-perfect landscape.

Weekly Times Travel News

Grow the right pumpkins

 Greengrocer John van den Bosch mobile fruit and vegetable market, pumpkins for sale

THERE’S not much point growing a big crop of pumpkins if the varieties selected are poor keepers.

A spring in their step

A spring in their step

SOMETIMES even the most hardy of flowering performers need a good feed to lift their spirits.

Spuds with little effort

Spuds with little effort

AFTER almost four months away from our vegetable patch I returned to be confronted by giant weeds.

Heinz recalls canned beetroot

 03/05/2007: 03/05/2007: 21 Dec 2005 Golden Circle cannery - New equipment in the high speed packing plant PicBruce/Long conv...

HJ Heinz has recalled Golden Circle Beetroot Slices due to the potential for microbial growth.

Make your own chocolate bites

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

ALMONDS are one of the great assets of the kitchen, used in both sweet and savoury cooking.

Australian pancake recipe goes viral

Australian pancake recipe goes viral

AN AUSSIE pancake recipe has gone viral in the most unexpected way.

Cow reaches new heights

YOU could almost slap a saddle on this cow and enter her in the Melbourne Cup.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Shed of the week

BACK PADDOCK: Sheds. Old sheds. Falling down sheds.

BACK Paddock has been thinking about what agricultural architecture is worthy of preservation.

Have a dip at names

Have a dip at names

BACK Paddock was driving on Challicum Rd last week and off the to the right was Dip Rd.

That’s probably not roadworthy

That’s probably not roadworthy

HAY bale artists are inspired and churning out new installations.

Plumbing the depths

State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi. Ex-miner Lou Storti holds up a lump of coal.

AT FIRST, walking a steep path down into the earth’s crust does not feel so bad.

San Fran just made for kids

Supplied Travel FW: Pic # 1 Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the lookout at the Marin Headlands

FINDING family-friendly activities in big cities isn’t always easy, but San Fran is full of them.

Return to the Blue Mountains

Harry Karavias

TRAVELLERS are encouraged to return to the Blue Mountains, as the region recovers from bushfires.

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