Last Updated: October 02, 2014

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Resting on her florals

JESSICA Ashburner takes a break on her family’s Menzies Creek daffodil farm.

Every raindrop will count

Every raindrop will count

MOST of southeast Australia requires well above-average rain this year to be an average year.

Call for jobless to kill pigs

 A teen boy hunting in the woods in winter.

THE powerful farmer’s lobby wants unemployed youths-turned Green Army soldiers to kill feral pests – and says they may need guns.

River frontage rights blasted

 Cattle graze the river flats at Mooratunka.

AN ATTACK on riverfront ­grazing licence renewals has been dismissed by the Government and farmers.

PM vows to help food sector

PM Tony Abbott at Food and Grocery Council

TONY Abbott pledges to ensure Australia’s food industry can “prosper and succeed”.

Walsh takes on Allan in ag debate

Walsh takes on Allan in ag debate

PETER Walsh has conceded he ran out of time to deliver all of the Coalition’s 2010 election commitments.

Mitsubishi leads pack

 Carsguide 7595m - Mitsubishi Triton Warrior 2014 Picture: Supplied

MITSUBISHI appears to have turned a corner, with strong ute sales.

Kilmore electorate undecided

Election Vox Pop in Kilmore.

THE people of Kilmore are mostly unaware of the controversy that surrounds their electorate.

Demos at the ready

 Elmore Machinery Field Days. In paddock demonstrations.

THERE are few other field days that offer visitors the chance to operate a machine like Elmore.

Food label failure

EXCLUSIVE: NOT one Victorian business has been fined for flouting country-of-origin food laws since 2006.

Chips hooked on dung beetles

IT’S not necessarily polite dinner table conversation.

Sheep trials breed quality

SHEEP meat or wool, that is the question. And at Elmore they’re determined to find the answer.

Bike bliss on show

JON Munn has close to 400 vintage and classic bikes at his Classic Style Australia business, and he will be bringing a handful of his best t...


Self-taught musical master

HE HAS composed some of our greatest national songs but Bruce Rowland refuses to sing his own praises.

Save label system from rot

Save label system from rot

THE Government must take enforcement powers for country-of-origin food labelling from local councils.

Dangerous to ignore crisis in bush

Jeff Kennett. Herald Sun columnist. Headshot. HWT staff.

THERE’S a crisis in rural Australia as economic and social factors lift depression and suicide rates to unacceptable levels.

Quality key to China success

Hugh Thomson on his farm at Glenaroua.

I WAS given the opportunity to travel to China, under a new travel support program: Hugh Thomson

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Rain revival Grain belt suffering crop loss

Grain belt suffering crop fail

THE worst fears of growers have been confirmed as crops across the grain belt have finally collapsed.

Fire warning Bad fire season looms

Bad fire season looms

VICTORIA’S fire season is already shaping up as shocker with two months to go until summer.

National weather

Princess loves Diana the lamb

Princess the Shetland Pony has adopted this orphan lamb as if it was her own.


Young Auctioneers Competition

Young Auctioneers Competition that's on at Pakenham



Does Australia need to go back to a single grain-marketing body?

Limousin’s genes shine again

THE first calf Patrick Halloran ever bred is still rewarding the stud breeder five years on.

Angus reigns supreme at show

Angus reigns supreme at show

AN ANGUS bull has won the supreme interbreed exhibit at the beef cattle judging today.

Long shot on Shorthorns pays

Royal Melbourne Show - Cattle Judging

DAVID Ashley needed just three heifers for success at this year’s beef cattle judging at the Melbourne Show.

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Wheat drops to four-year low

 Landscape near Colbinabbin. Wheat crop.

WHEAT ­futures hit four-year lows on the Chicago Board of Trade last week.

New-season lamb sales raise hopes

New-season lamb sales raise hopes

THERE has been a high number of new-season lambs sold at saleyards in the past three months.

Food label failure

 Queen Victoria Market. Queen Vic Market.

EXCLUSIVE: NOT one Victorian business has been fined for flouting country-of-origin food laws since 2006.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle, sheep and dairy sale dates.

Warragul, Sept 26: $3400 top

Dairy Sale Warragul

THE quality of Grant Heywood’s herd lured buyers to Warragul today, according to the sale auctioneer.

Bairnsdale, Sept 26: 1800 yarded

Wodonga cattle sale

PRICES were strong at Bairnsdale today where about 1800 cattle were yarded.

ATV keeps up with the Holsteins


JURGEN and Corry Haselau have no problem keeping up with the cows with their Can-Am Outlander ATV.

Demos at the ready

 Elmore Machinery Field Days. In paddock demonstrations.

THERE are few other field days that offer visitors the chance to operate a machine like Elmore.

Small-seed tillage solution

Henty Machinery Field days 2014

DUNCAN Ag’s AS5000 Folding Wing Air Seeder, is making its Victorian debut at the Elmore Field Days

Swans savour a rare flag

AN undermanned Shepparton Swans team withstood a last quarter assault to win the premiership at the weekend.

Weekly Times Horse news

Reapers AFL ties hope

Reapers AFL ties hope

NEW AFL Victoria general manager Steven Reaper believes community footy and AFL ties will strengthen.

Wedderburn wins in extra time

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Photo from 20 Sep 2014 NCFL grand final Wedderburn vs Charlton Wedderburn win by a point aft

WEDDERBURN might have secured four North Central Football League premierships on the trot.

Swans cling on to win in a thriller

East Gippsland FNL, Grand Final, Stratford v Wy Yung

STRATFORD coach Peter Morrison has labelled the Swans’ thrilling three-point grand final win over Wy Yung as the best moment of his football career.

Victorian exports


IF YOU need proof the food boom has arrived, then look no further than the Port of Melbourne.

Cabinet’s plan to sell off NBN


FEDERAL cabinet considers plans to sell off the least profitable parts of the National Broadband Network.

Mittagundi committed to kids

THERE’S no power, no technology, no mirrors and no watches allowed, yet teenagers willingly apply to stay.

Weekly Times Travel News

Open Gardens’ last stand

 Neil Robertson, former CEO of Open Gardens Australia. NB This is a Fairfax photo so only use as a tight headshot Picture: Su...

FOR 27 years Open Gardens Australia has been showcasing beautiful properties around the nation.

Pest control, naturally

Pest control, naturally

ABOUT two years ago I tried an experiment in spray-free pest control that was a great success.

Pruning is shear luxury

 Cherry blossom tree in Doncaster East.

THERE’S a certain, intensely-satisfying, therapeutic value in pruning trees and shrubs.

What to eat for breakfast

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

BREAKFAST can be a rushed affair during the week.

How to cook rhubarb

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

DURING winter I regularly added some stewed rhubarb to my daily breakfast cereal.

A blast from the parsley

Jeremy Vincent CL Food

ONE of the most versatile herbs used in cooking is parsley.

Royal union has Sally throne

MEET Princess and Diana, perhaps one of the most unusual animal friendships since Milo and Otis.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Showgirls stuck in old ways

Showgirls stuck in old ways

WITH the footy behind us the Show season starts in earnest.

Workable request

volunteer group hands together

ADA Milley from Harcourt has some advice on how to get people to do their bit at a working bee.

Cow, 21, sets new age mark

Cow, 21, sets new age mark

BARB Harding reckons she can beat the benchmark for geriatric livestock set a couple of weeks ago.

Temples of delight

 DE12AG Street scene, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Asia alamy positional, fee for high res Picture: Sup...

IT IS a region that has captured the hearts of many travellers to South-East Asia.

Domestic tour bliss

Supplied Travel MARCH 2 2014 WA DEALS Explore the Margaret River region of WA

YOU don’t need to travel far to see some of the most spectacular places on Earth.

Enjoy the cruise views

 Italy. From Swagman Tours

PERHAPS the loveliest way to see European capital cities is from the vantage point of its grand rivers.

Lunnburn shines again


LYNNBURN, Batesford, has been a five-year labour of love for Michael and Donna Dacres-Mannings.

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