Last Updated: October 08, 2015

Weather: Canberra 6°C - 21°C . Partly cloudy.


Calling barley and baling out

DAVID Cossar of Charlton saw the writing on the wall for 400ha of barley about 10 days ago.

Cruel cut

Andrew Weidemann, Rupanyup

SCORCHING temperatures and hot winds have devastated crops just weeks out from harvest.

Rail funds Truss-up

Maryborough rail inspection

UP TO $200 million of federal funding for the Murray Basin Rail upgrade may be in jeopardy.

Protester delay bid rejected

Charlton chicken man

THE Supreme Court of Victoria has rejected a bid by a group of farmers to delay the start of a planning hearing into a big chicken farm.

Water sale bottler of an idea

Water sale bottler of an idea

A SIXTH-generation apple orchardist says growers are being forced to find new ways to make a profit off the land as rising costs push them out of the industry.

Indon trade deal hope revived

 Brent Finlay, National Farmers' Federation President.

A FREE-trade agreement with Indonesia should be back on the table as soon as possible, according to the National Farmers’ Federation.

Grim weather outlook

 Grace McLeod, Crop & Sheep farming at Nhill. Good Season, Crops. after plenty of rain. Yanac Creek rarely flows .

A NEW climate trigger has emerged to worsen the prospects for late spring rain in Victoria.

Shooter ducks heavy fines

 Serendip Sanctuary Rare. Musk duck has first duckling in 15 years. Proud Dad

PROTESTERS are fuming over what they call “a slap on the wrist” given to a Victorian duck shooter who wounded a protected duck.

Homes threatened as bushfire rages

Bush Fire

UPDATE 4.51PM: AN EMERGENCY warning has been issued for six communities in central Victoria as a 3000ha bushfire burns out of control.

EYCI mark in hold spell

Wodonga store cattle sale

THE magical 600c/kg mark for young cattle hangs in the balance due to deteriorating seasonal conditions.

Tags good for business

Electric Sheep

ABOUT 5 per cent of Vic­toria’s sheep flock is electronically tagged — including Will Hanson’s 3000 prime lamb ewes.

Unscramble plea on free range

Alex Zhao

THE peak body for egg farming says a review on egg labelling should focus on free range definitions only.

Lancefield bushfire

Arresting images of the bushfire at Lancefield, Victoria, by Zoe Phillips.


Mother bin gets sassy new curves

CURVED sides could be the new trend in mother bins if this is anything to go by.

Benalla thrashes Kyabram

Benalla defeated Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley FL, more than doubling their opponents score.


Deni Ute Muster

Thousands of blue singlets and utes descended upon Deniliquin for the annual muster.


Mingles support carers

CARERS in regional and rural Victoria are getting some respite, thanks to Carers Victoria’s Mingles program.

Missing link in rail tale

Murray Basin rail network upgrade

THE Nationals and Liberals appear to be at odds on the Murray Basin Rail project.

How to pass stress test

Walgett Drought

LIVING in rural Australia can be very rewarding. However, farming can be a stressful occupation.

Hard-earned legacy demands care

Abandoned shearing shed near Lake Boga

ONE of the wool industry’s legacies to today’s wool growers is its long history of democracy.

Editor’s Letter: September 2015

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

LEADERSHIP is a tricky business. It’s all about juggling stakeholders.

Pick a peck

FARM: Eggsellent Chickens

CHOOKS and cherries have little in common.

Editor's Choice

Vanessa survives spitting image

Vanessa survives spitting image

OUR Alfies competition has gone off with dozens of you sending in your selfies taken with your favourite animals.

Bull baa

Tom Bull,

FROM humble beginnings, the Bull family’s Lambpro seedstock business has grown to become the biggest supplier of prime lamb genetics in Australia.


Bingham's Midwest 60-foot harvester front

The MidWest Durus Premium 60-foot (18m) draper front owned by Bingham Harvesting has been at work in Bolac White wheat in Skipton, Victoria. The Weekly Times Justin Law caught up with Dan Bingham to find out how the worlds biggest header front was performing.


Special delivery

A light plane dropped chips to fans at the Worksafe Game of the Month on Sunday in the Mid Gippsland Football League match between Thorpdale and Mirboo North.


Breeders foresee tasty future

FAMILY team Kerry, Peter and Richard Heazlewood see a strong future for the Belted Galloway breed.

Mixed views on ‘new’ show

Dairy Sections

ORGANISERS have given the new-look youth-focused dairy competition at the Royal Melbourne Show the tick of approval.

Murrays to the fore

 Royal Melbourne Show. Cattle Judging. Monday. Angus judge Jack Woodburn, from Forbes (NSW), looks over PJ Collins' Merridale...

LIVESTOCK breeds with low stud registration numbers have outnumbered popular breeds at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

Finley’s finest


AGRICULTURE is one of the most popular subjects at Finley High School in NSW.

The Royal Melbourne Show

Early bud burst again

Glenmaggie Wines

DRY conditions and warm weather have led to another early bud burst in parts of Victoria.

US quota to affect prices

Ballarat Beef Cattle Sale

THE US export market looks to impact Aussie beef prices by the end of the year.

Odds defied in dry

Odds defied in dry

STORE sheep are continuing to make solid prices in districts which are battling dry conditions.

Stud values setting records

Derby Downs annual ram sale

RAM sales have continued to record improved averages heading into October as more terminal sires are offered.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle and sheep sale dates.

Swan Hill, October 2: Prices stand up

Swan Hill, October 2: Prices stand up

YOUNG Merino ewes sold to $188 at Swan Hill in a sale that recorded better than anticipated prices.

Cut-price loader ticks boxes

Cut-price loader ticks boxes

THE Korean-made Branson range has expanded in Australia with the release of the F42R 40hp compact tractor.

Mother bin gets sassy new curves

Henty Machinery Field Days 2015, day 2

CURVED sides could be the new trend in mother bins if this is anything to go by.

Manitou’s built to take heat

Manitou’s built to take heat

HOT weather work and providing operator comfort is where Manitou reckons it has the edge on telehandler competition.

Saints in heaven

BENALLA ended a four-decade premiership drought by defeating Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final.

Weekly Times Horse news

Frenzy for giant fish

Frenzy for giant fish

A POSSIBLE hoax has triggered the trout fishing equivalent of a gold rush on a tranquil Victorian stream.

Rider eyes classic six

Rider eyes classic six

UNITED Kingdom rider Alice Dunsdon will attempt a world first at the Australian International Three Day Event next month.

Pony express out in force

Pony express out in force

ABOUT 500 young riders competed at Werribee Pony Club’s annual horse trials at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.

Desal still on the table

Portarlington Pier redevelopment

THE Victorian Government says the option of turning on the Wonthaggi desalination plant remains on the table.

Big is better, take it as red

Warrabilla Wines

“BIG reds” is how Andrew ­Sutherland Smith describes his Warrabilla wines.

Place of shed experiences

A DOG-EARED copy of The Weekly Times sits on the table in the middle of the Boort men’s shed.

Weekly Times Travel News

Time for a killing spree

Time for a killing spree

SPRING is a time of soft, young shoots and, unfortunately, attacks from sap-sucking pests that feed from them.

A magical paradise

A magical paradise

WHEN walking through parts of our cool-climate garden in spring, I feel as if I’m floating through a paradise of colour and fragrance.

Spring into action now

Spring into action now

SUNLIGHT is now pouring in, warming the soil and extended daylight hours are stimulating a massive sprouting of new growth.

Against the rules

CL Food Page

IN MOST polite circles, the union of fish and cheese has long been frowned upon, but in some culinary circumstances, rules can comfortably be broken.

Layers of tasty appeal

CL Food Page

There’s something really satisfying about making your own lasagne, layering the ingredients to create a dish that has visual appeal as well as great taste.

Fish for complement

CL Food Page

THE warmer weather invariably prompts a change of diet away from the winter’s comfort foods.

Vanessa survives spitting image

OUR Alfies competition has gone off with dozens of you sending in your selfies taken with your favourite animals.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

A little shut eye at sale

A little shut eye at sale

“PHEEEEEW. It can really take it out of you these ram sales.

Dear Agnes: Lovesick

Ask Agnes

DEAR Agnes, I recently attended a B & S ball and met a man who I think may be the love of my life.

Laughing gear: Taxi driver

Laughing gear

A MAN returns home a day early after a business trip and he suspects his wife has been having an affair while he is away.

Fortified by the past

 Tastes of Rutherglen. Grapes. Rutherglen winery.

MANDY Jones points to the ceiling of her cellar door.

Making peace with Normandy

Making peace with Normandy

IT’S the middle of summer, the mercury is rising and families are jostling for prime positions on the beach.

Heavenly Charleville

Supplied Editorial

CHARLEVILLE’S claim to fame — according to history — is that it was the town where Qantas’s first flight departed in 1922.

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