Last Updated: May 26, 2015

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Former shearer at the cutting edge

COLIN McKenna has risen from shearing to running a meat-processing empire. He explains his thoughts on agriculture in DecisionAg free in The Weekly Times this week.

Wild dog baiting ditched

Wild dog baiting ditched

THERE will be no aerial baits for wild dogs dropped in Victoria this autumn.

Leasing farms a popular option

Sowing April 30 central victoria

MANY Victorian farmers are choosing to lease their properties as a strategy to stay on their farms.

Buchan over life without a pub

Buchan over life without a pub

THE small east Gippsland town of Buchan is so thirsty it might just build a pub.

Turning the country Green

Greens senator Richard di Natale on his farm at Deans Marsh.

THE Australian Greens’ new leader, Richard Di Natale, knows regional life first-hand.

Concerns remain over new market

Concerns remain over new market

THE  Melbourne Wholesale Market is due to open at Epping on August 3 but not all of its problems have been ironed out.

Joyce says no to extra drought aid

Barnaby Joyce

BARNABY Joyce has rejected Queensland’s plea for extra cash to help drought-stricken farmers.

Shear rudeness against sheep

STUD Sheep Pendara White Suffolk

NSW farmer Ken Turner didn’t know you could offend sheep with rude words. Until he heard a knock on the door.

‘Help drought stricken farmers’

Drought Pic Story

QUEENSLAND’S Ag Minister has demanded Barnaby Joyce clarify his budget promises for drought-stricken farmers.

Support for bay fish boats

Fish family

VICTORIA’S commercial bay fishermen say they are encouraged by the support of recreational anglers to their plight.

Cattle cruelty link to old reports

 Cattle at Cedar Park cattle export yard ready for live cattle export trade with Indonesia, near Adelaide River, south of Dar...

THE federal agriculture department says fresh reports of Australian cattle being bashed with sledgehammers may not be new.

Nats focus on education

THE principal of a Mallee school with 250 students reported his school had four homeless students last year.

Canola now a risky business

CANOLA  is being dropped from programs in favour of less risky crops as a decent break continues to elude most areas.

Taste for dairy pays off

A LOVE of dairy food has translated into a career for a university graduate.

Hideaway for the garden lover

THOSE looking for a private hideaway in the hills of South Gippsland should look no further.

A Deere little mailbox

NO PRIZES for guessing which tractor brand the owner of this letter box favours.

Vic Nationals need new agenda

Ag Minister Peter Walsh - PRCV

“DO YOU really have to go to that? The Nationals are pretty irrelevant at the moment.”

China an opportunity for farmers

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.

SORRY America, but China is now the land of opportunity. For our farmers, that is.

Crime stats shock Kalpienung

Pic job

KALPIENUNG residents were shocked to receive attention in a major metropolitan newspaper last week.

Rain totals Rain falls in ‘dribs and drabs’

Rain falls in ‘dribs and drabs’

IT HAS been called a “dribs and drabs” rain but most Victorian grain growers are now well into their sowing programs.

Put us on the weather radar

 NEWS Charles Darwin Reserve, near Wubin in the wheatbelt, has released 10 year report Pic shows weather station Story Kaitly...

WARRACKNABEAL wants to be on the weather map.

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Trout cod Cod forsaken species is back

 A unique photo of a Murray cod alongside a trout cod. Can you tell the difference? The top fish is a Murray cod and the bott...

TROUT cod could soon be back on the menu after an absence of 40 years.

Labour rip-off condemned

Overseas Workers

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

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Challenger E Series Launch

AGCO Corp has shared this video of the Challenger E Series Launch with us.


Food not gas protest

Western District residents got together to protest unconventional gas mining in their community.


Rice branch launched

Rice harvest pics

THE Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia has launched a Queensland branch to support northern farmers growing rice.

Cattle ear tag price falls


THE cost of cattle eartags has plummeted in Victoria.

Cotton growers on a roll

Hay NSW Cotton

AUSTRALIAN cotton yields are set jump by a third from last year, but plantings have halved.

Coolana, May 22:

Coolana female sale.

COOLANA Angus’ female cattle sale was met with lukewarm demand today.

Myrtleford, May 22: Breeders $1880

myrtleford cattle sale

COWS and calves sold to $1880 at Myrtleford today as producers stepped up bidding for breeders.

Wodonga, May 21: $1130 top

Wodonga store cattle sale

HEAVY steers sold to a top of $1130, returning more than 300c/kg liveweight at today’s Wodonga store cattle sale.

Claas CVT makes Aussie debut

Claas CVT makes Aussie debut

AUSTRALIA is about to get its first shipment of Arion tractors featuring the new Claas-developed CVT.

Spend now for tax break: TMA

Richard Lewis - FARM Magazine

ANYONE looking to buy machinery this week will find some good deals for $20,000.

Lives lost too costly to ignore

Richard Lewis - FARM Magazine

ONCE again the agricultural industry is in the spotlight for the wrong reason after three Victorian farm fatalities.

The greatest league of all

GEELONG Football League faces another rematch in the Worksafe Country Championships next year.

Weekly Times Horse news

Millewa triple-header

 Nangiloc's Scott Golding juggles the ball under pressure. Cardross 22.11-143 vs Nangiloc 14.11-95.

ONE competition not taking part in interleague matches this weekend has taken the chance to go completely outside the box.

AFL Victoria Country Champs

AFL Victoria Country Champs

UPDATES on the interleague teams ahead of the Worksafe Country Championships on May 23.

Brown on hand for Hampden

Jonathan Brown

THE Hampden interleague squad received some expert advice from one the AFL’s all-time greats.

Wyche welcomes Wig’s snags

WHILE towns across the nation feel the pinch of a decline in services, Wycheproof is cooking up its own storm.

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My favourite things

My favourite things

I’M OFTEN asked if I have any particular favourite plants.

It’s time to get busy in the garden

 Cherry Blossom 'kwanzan'

AS MOST plants start to drift into winter dormancy, the number of garden jobs to be carried out increases.

Give soil a green feed

Give soil a green feed

THERE’S nothing like the contents of half-used seed packets for a green manure crop. Your plants will reward you.

Persimmon perfection


THE persimmon is definitely one of the more esoteric finds in the stores and farmers’ markets at this time of the year.

Spinach and cheese squares

 Cafe Morucci at broadway. A spinach and ricotta quiche in a napolli sauce. 16/1/01. Picture: john Appleyard

WITH eight ingredients and just six steps, readers can have themselves a healthy and tasty snack.

Rabbit, so versatile

Jeremy Vincent - Food for CL

DESPITE what some critics say, domestic rabbit meat does not taste gamey or wild.

A Deere little mailbox

NO PRIZES for guessing which tractor brand the owner of this letter box favours.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Novel idea for a tree guard

Novel idea for a tree guard

HERE’s a good reason not to throw out those rolls of used barbed wire.

The colours of money

The colours of money

IF ONE believes in omens this isn’t a bad one for beef producers.

The best man for grooming

Hereford National Sale

ALL together now — Awwwww. Isn’t it great to see the future primary producers getting stuck in.

Surreal New Orleans

 JULY, 2005 : Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, USA, 07/05. Travel

UNREAL experiences await visitors to New Orleans, writes ROSLYN LANIGAN

Sweet treats by bus


THOUGHTS of auditioning for cooking shows are dashed as I watch holes appear in my strudel pastry in Budapest.

Whale of a time

TRAVEL: Broome, Western Australia.

WEEKLY Times photographer ZOE PHILLIPS discovers the beauty of the North-West

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