Last Updated: October 14, 2015

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In her hands

AGRICULTURE Minister Jaala Pulford hopes to resolve the political stalemate over drought assistance.

Dry toll mounts

Dry toll mounts

THE deteriorating season has hurt livestock prices and wiped half a billion dollars from the value of the ­nation’s wheat crop.

Cool under fire

Lancefield Fires

A FARMER who watched fire engulf his Lancefield property says he is grateful the fire happened in spring and not summer.

All fluid, as water plans aired

 A view of the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant on March 16 outside Wonthaggi, Australia. The plant is also known as the Victoria...

THE Victorian Government is weighing up its options as it considers how to manage increasing dry conditions.

Grain pay gains pace

Emerald Grain Depo Melbourne Dock

GRAIN growers will be paid earlier than normal after two companies announced they would reduce their payment terms.

Piggery told to hoof it

Free Range Pigs

A YARRA Valley piggery has been given two weeks until legal action will be taken to evict them.

Ban bid stymied


A PROPOSED nationwide ban on hydraulic fracking is doomed to fail in Federal Parliament.

Housing cost is uni hurdle

 March 13: generic university lecture

INNOVATION, not money, is the key to getting more rural young people to university, according to a Nationals Senator.

Medical cannabis lucrative

Medical cannabis lucrative

AUSTRALIA could be on the verge of a lucrative industry if medicinal cannabis is given the green light by federal Parliament.

Former AWB execs in court


TWO former AWB Limited leaders should have reasonably known payments to Jordanian trucking firms were designed to circumvent Iraq trade sanctions, a court has heard.

Joyce ‘certain’ of water role

Joyce ‘certain’ of water role

A STOUSH over who will have the main responsibility of federal water is expected to be resolved today.

Drought loans imminent

Agriculture minister visits Birchip

CONCESSIONAL drought loans could be given the go-ahead this week, according to Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford.

Manangatang Races

People travelled far and wide for the ultimate country racing experience at Manangatang.


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.

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 stressful.

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

Water woes worsen

NEWS: De Bertoli Wines

NORTHERN Victorian irrigators face soaring water prices as they battle to keep their pastures, vines and orchards alive.

EU milk pours across globe

EU milk pours across globe

THE EU has contributed to half the global milk growth from exporting regions in the past six months.

Records set to go west

Dave Cox

HEADERS have started to roll in Western Australia in what could be a record-breaking season for some regions.

Ram sale averages go higher

Kismet Ram Sale

RAM sale prices have continued to impress this week with average prices spiking.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle and sheep sale dates.

Jerilderie, October 9: Good offering

jerilderie sheep sale - 9.10.2015

MERINO ewes sold to $196 at Jerilderie as the failing spring took its toll on prices.

French make spreads the load

Elmore Field Days

WITH ­manure spreading the cheap fertilising option for farmers, more importers are looking at ways to satisfy the market.

Lely Tornado whips up bales fast

Lely Tornado whips up bales fast

HAY gear is in demand at the moment as the hot, dry weather ruins crops for harvest and farmers look to salvage what they can.

User-friendly Torros on the way

User-friendly Torros on the way

POETTINGER Australia has revealed its new Torro Combiline loader wagon that’s due to arrive here in April 2016.

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

Macca takes Royal crowns

Macca takes Royal crowns

A HANDSOME Clydesdale has found his way from a heavy horse sale at Echuca to being decked in champion ribbons.

Progress on Rio vet issues

Progress on Rio vet issues

ISSUES around veterinary protocols for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games should be resolved soon.

Champions stand their ground

Champions stand their ground

GALE-force winds tested competitors at Launceston Royal Show earlier this month at Inveresk.

Crops lose out over water fight

Generic Thinkstock image of young woman drinking water from bottle outdoors.

WHO knew bottling water could be more profitable than growing fruit? But it is and the issue is at the heart of a dispute in the state’s north east, says Ed Gannon.

All fluid, as water plans aired

 A view of the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant on March 16 outside Wonthaggi, Australia. The plant is also known as the Victoria...

THE Victorian Government is weighing up its options as it considers how to manage increasing dry conditions.

On a wing and a prayer

A BIRD of prey has a fearsome intensity.

Weekly Times Travel News

Delicious tomatoes

Delicious tomatoes

THE most delicious tomato I’ve ever grown was also among the most unusual.

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.

Lovely soup weather

CL Food Page

A STEAMING bowl of soup can be a big turn-off when the temperature starts to climb, but chilled soups are a different story altogether.

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.

Revved up for reunion

THE CLASS of ’65 from Dookie Agricultural College celebrated its 50-year reunion recently.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Muster been a far off connection

Muster been a far off connection

GOOD to see some publicity for the Omeo High Country Muster next month.

Ask Agnes: Retirement worries

Ask Agnes: Retirement worries

DEAR Agnes, I’m a bit worried about my retirement nest egg, what with this roller coaster share market.

Laughing gear: Criminal trial

Laughing gear: Criminal trial

AFTER a difficult two-week criminal trial in a bank robbery case, the jury finally ends its 14 hours of deliberations.

Peaks a sheer delight

Peaks a sheer delight

WALKERS in Spain mostly ‘do’ the Camino, a path that crosses the north from France to Santiago de Compostela.

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.

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