Last Updated: September 03, 2015

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Day of Dairy

Chook-lotto for poultry farm

POWERFUL protesters are dictating when and where major chicken farms can be built.

Brace for fires

Emergency briefing

VICTORIAN authorities expect there will be at least 4500 grass and bush fires during the looming “above normal” season.

Pork labels to change

Pork labels to change

LABELS on some pork products are to be changed following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation.

Wombats a real road danger

Wombats a real road danger

THE wombat has turned into a road menace, overtaking dogs as the second most hit animal on our roads.

Going south

Going south

EXCLUSIVE: CHINA will turn to South America if Australia backs away from a landmark trade agreement, NFF chief Simon Talbot says.

WA organic farmer loses GM appeal

Organic Farmer Court Case

AN ORGANIC farmer who took on his GM canola cultivating neighbour on contamination claims has lost an appeal.

Fast track in the NT

Open Speed

ANOTHER section of the Stuart Highway will become part of the Northern Territory’s open speed limit zone.

Teasing rain not enough

Teasing rain not enough

THE Bureau of Meteorology’s rain forecast of 25-50mm for Victoria failed to arrive on Wednesday.

Dairy giant cautious on forecast

Coles First MG Milk

DAIRY giant Murray Goulburn allays fears of a farmgate price step-down this season.

Watch on farms, processors

Immigration raid in Shepparton

EXCLUSIVE: A TASKFORCE tackling the exploitation of foreign workers and visa fraud is targeting agriculture and food processing.

Peak body quiet on yards ‘cartel’

JBS Swift. Brooklyn.

THE Cattle Council of Australia will not comment on whether it believes buyers are colluding at saleyards.

Labor opts out

Denis Napthine Is Announcing His Retirement

THE Victorian Labor Party will not contest by-elections following the resignations two senior Liberals.

Blue blood

Succession planning helped Mal Deveson pass Moondarra Blueberries to his children.


Grand old lady at Bridgewater

FANCY a historic homestead styled by an important 19th century architect?

Footy, August 31

Photographers share their best country footy photos from the weekend.


Tigers crush roos

Colac and District FNL semi final leaves Simpson Tigers roaring to the grandfinal.


Holbrook, August 29: Dunoon lift

DEMAND for bulls peaked at Dunoon Angus at Holbrook, NSW, with a $1370 lift in its average price.

Labor’s FTA stand shameful

Australian labour unions

FARMERS will be horrified at the prospect of losing future trade benefits with China to South America.

Time for cool heads

NEWS: Kangaroos

KANGAROO overpopulation: Has a sensible and easy solution been lost to hysteria?

Planning laws need makeover

Chris McLennan. Weekly Times Staff. HWT. Headshot.

THE Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal is having way too much influence on farming.

Blue blood

FARM Magazine: Moondarra Blueberries

TEN years ago, Mal Deveson’s blueberry business was firing on all cylinders. Today, his children are at the forefront.

Pollen power

FARM: Saffron

PRODUCING saffron is a meticulous business for Litza Kikidopoulos, but her patient approach is paying dividends.

Editor's Choice

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Milk Quality Awards

HELP us make our Day of Dairy on Thursday, September 10, a day to remember.

New 9RX most expensive JD ever

New 9RX most expensive JD ever

THE new 9RX quad track crop monster is the most expensive tractor John Deere has produced.


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.


Bull sales charge up

Dunoon Angus sale Holbrook

MONTHS of stellar beef returns are being reflected in millions of dollars spent on bulls in the past week.

A magical winter season

Tim Kooloos, dairy farmer, Leongatha

DAIRY farmer Tim Kooloos only had one word to describe his season at Leongatha: “Magic”.

Southern fees miles apart

Weaner, Cattle Sales. Hamilton Dairy Week, Schultz Sisters. Terang

SALEYARD fees vary by more than 150 per cent across southern Australia.

Wodonga, September 3: Solid sale

wodonga cattle sale

FEEDLOT and producer support kept prices steady at the Wodonga store market.

Bairnsdale, September 1: Prices up

 Allan Stewart of Stockton Merino stud in Hillside, with the equal top selling ram which sold for $3000 at Gippsland Merino r...

A STRONG wool market pushed prices up at this year’s Gippsland Stud Merino Breeders Association sale.

Warrnambool, August 28: Sell-down

Warrnambool store cattle sale 31.7.15

PREPARATION for an expected dry spring pushed young cattle on to the store market at Warrnambool.

A farmer’s eye in the sky

A farmer’s eye in the sky

A NEW unmanned aerial vehicle allows farmers to check on what’s happening around their property.

No mucking around

No mucking around

FEW brands have as good a reputation for carting poo as Germany’s Fliegl, and now they’re coming to Australia.

Major brands join demonstration

Major brands join demonstration

SOUTHERN Farming Systems is holding a boom spray demonstration day.

Salary cap’s big savings

SOME Central Victorian AFL clubs could save up to$70,000 when the statewide salary cap comes into effect in 2017.

Weekly Times Horse news

‘More like rugby than football’

‘More like rugby than football’

CONDITIONS at this local footy match in Victoria were so bad, players from both sides were unrecognisable.

Country king-hit sparks footy fury

 Alberton Football Netball League, Round 19, Fish Creek Kangaroos v Dalyston Magpies, Dalyston won 11-5-71 v 8-11-59, at Fish...

A TWO-WEEK ban for a punch that KO’d Brad Fisher in a country footy game has been met with shock and anger.

Colbo crunch time

Colbo crunch time

LEITCHVILLE Gunbower Bombers are through to the Heathcote District league grand final.

Labor’s FTA stand shameful

Australian labour unions

FARMERS will be horrified at the prospect of losing future trade benefits with China to South America.

Gas report leaves few clues

 QGC-owned coal seam gas wells near Tara, in the Darling Downs of Queensland.

AN INTERIM report on unconventional onshore gas contains few clues about the potential for an industry in Victoria.

Keeping farmers posted

OUTBACK postie Dave Hammond has a mail run so long it is a tourist attraction.

Weekly Times Travel News

You can conquer clay

You can conquer clay

EVERY garden has its problem areas, but that does not stop certain plants growing strongly.

Beauty amid the pain

Beauty amid the pain

SOMETIMES we come across unforgettable plants in strange places and even stranger circumstances.

How trees cry for help

How trees cry for help

CITRUS trees cannot think. However, they do have a kind of horticultural memory.

Slow shanks, thanks

CL Food Page

THE secret to cooking lamb shanks is to cook them low and slow, until the meat is fall-apart tender.

Roast pork belly bliss

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

PORK belly seems to be one of the meat cuts of the moment.

Try a dollop of delight

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

THE supermarket fridge is full of a huge range of yoghurt products, both natural and flavoured.

Monster pumpkin takes over

HOW’s this for an inspired use of pumpkins that doesn’t involve roasting them or making soup.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

RSPCA calls in gun shearer

RSPCA calls in gun shearer

The RSPCA has called in a top shearer to trim a sheep that evaded a haircut so long its life may have been in danger.

Buzz light years ahead

Buzz light years ahead

HERE’s a job guaranteed to make you go cross-eyed.

Dear Agnes: Paper problem

Dear Agnes: Paper problem

DEAR Agnes, I was in a public toilet recently and went to tear off some toilet paper.

The Bellarine bounty

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Media Release: New reasons to discover the Bellarine Taste Trail

IS IT unfair to say some regions in Victoria appear to be more blessed than others?

Walk the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China

IT RISES up in to your view like something out of another world.

New Outback direction

Charlotte Plains station

RURAL communities do it tough — none more so than those in the Outback.

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