Last Updated: October 07, 2015

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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.

One missing as fire threatens homes

One missing as fire threatens homes

AN elderly man is missing as crews work to protect properties under threat from a 3000ha bushfire that continues to burn out of control north of Lancefield .

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.

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.

Apples of Lisa’s eyes

NEWS: Cider Awards

LISA Cresswell has entered five ciders into this year’s Australian Cider Awards.

Sweet but without sugar

Trade Minister Andrew Robb

AUSTRALIA’S peak farming body has hailed the Trans Pacific Partnership as a “great deal for Australian agriculture”.

Benalla thrashes Kyabram

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


Mingles support carers

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

Deni Ute Muster

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


Ambition blooms by the roadside

SCRATCHES and bruises are all part of a day’s work in the rough and tumble job of flower foraging.

Remote gives farmers a big lift

A VICTORIAN farmer has developed a remote control system for trucks tray tipping.

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.

Hard-earned legacy demands care

Abandoned shearing shed near Lake Boga

ONE of the wool industry’s finest 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

What’s it all about? Alfies

What’s it all about? Alfies

BACK Paddock is taking the selfie to the next level: the “alfie” with your favourite animal.

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.


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.

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.

Colac, October 2: Large crowd

Colac store cattle sale 2.10.15

LIGHTWEIGHT steers and all heifers recorded the largest price boost at the Colac store cattle today.

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.

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.

Mother bin gets sassy new curves

Henty Machinery Field Days 2015, day 2

CURVED sides could be the new trend in mother bins if Barber Engineering’s 100 tonne example is anything to go by.

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

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.

Victorian schools team third

Victorian schools team third

A TOTAL of 89 Victorian riders competed in Sydney at the weekend at the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships.

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.

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

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.

With strings, but still swings

With strings, but still swings

“WHADDYA mean we need a new gate? This one’s got years in it yet.”

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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