Last Updated: July 31, 2015

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Brand-new opportunity

MORNINGTON Peninsula cattle producer Kevin Wyatt is convinced regional branding might work.

Feed definition fiasco

Jo Stritch and her husband Andrew from Happy Valley Free Range Farm, who farm pork on Human Choice guidelines.

A SHOCK change to Victoria’s planning laws means thousands of farmers may need a permit to keep operating.

No say over shotgun ban

Duck hunting season opening, lake Woolshed

A COALITION Government Senator wants to formally invite shooters to join the debate on looming changes to the National Firearms Agreement.

Sheep producer killed in crash

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SHEEP producer Bill Pye was killed in a plane crash in the Riverina yesterday.

New market move date ‘solid’

New market move date ‘solid’

THE new Epping site for the Melbourne Wholesale Market will open on August 31 come hell or high water, the market authority says.

Heat over gay marriage remark


A VICTORIAN Mayor has been called on to apologise for a remark during a council debate on gay marriage.

Ken Lay addresses ice forum


COMMUNITIES must work together to battle the ice scourge, Ken Lay has told an AFL East Gippsland forum.

Deer cull ‘never going to work’

Deer cull ‘never going to work’

FARMERS  have labelled a wild-deer culling program in the Alpine National Park a “waste of taxpayer funds”.

YoYou opponents voice concerns

Kernot Dairy

SEVENTEEN opponents of a proposed dairy expansion in South Gippsland spoke at a public meeting last night.

Give neighbours a say

Coal mine Gunnedah

FARMERS should have to consider their neighbours before allowing mining on farm.

Pride of the Peninsula

Local frozen berries

THE  Mornington Peninsula could be the first Victorian region to use a trademark for local produce.

Same-sex marriage plea

Same-sex marriage plea

COUNTRY MPs are being urged to lead the push for same-sex marriage.

Northern Vic creams rest of state

NORTHERN Victoria produced the largest share of the state’s milk last season, Dairy Australia says.

Feedlot fuels farming feud

OPPONENTS of an Alexandra farm say they support farming but are against intensive agriculture.

Clever canines strut their stuff

THE farm dog yard competition at Sheepvention is one of the longest-running in Victoria.

Footy, July 27

Photographers share their best country footy photos from the weekend.


New office a Lion-hearted effort

THE Mallee Machinery Field Days may be 36 years old, but the Speed field day site’s office is brand new.

Planning laws need overhaul

Planning laws need overhaul

THE Victorian Government needs to provide clarity on its farm planning laws.

Marriage equality Bill offers hope

 Andrew Beaton and his wife Juddie, left, with Landmark agent Andrew Harrison paid 219 c/kg or $742 a head for Ballaarook's 8...

RECENTLY our son, Lachie, posted a video online about his realisation of being gay.

A fresh take on the GST

Wimmera Mallee season

IN ANY discussion about governments requiring more revenue, the conversation immediately jumps to the GST.

White hot at Bendigo

Dean Cameron

DEAN and Mandy Cameron names with Western District White Suffolk stud Noremac - it’s their surname backwards.

The Duckman: Balanced on blade

The Duckman: Balanced on blade

WHEN you are short on grass but long on words, it might be time to hit the books.

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Sledding is such a howl

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ACROSS the snow-capped summit of Mt Baw Baw comes the evocative, eerie howling of Huskies.


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.


SFS Seeder Demonstration Day

About 200 people gathered at Southern Farming Systems' trial site at Inverleigh to see the latest seeding technology in action.


Strauss off Grainpac board

Grain Harvest

SAPPHIRE (SA) Pty Ltd owner Brenton Strauss has quit the board of Laverton grain packer Grainpac.

Season clouds dairy demand

Hay bales

THE dairy sector underpins demand for hay in Victoria.

Fertiliser labelling recipe for disaster

 Jamie McMaster at the new weighbridge. It is capable of handling B-double trucks. SLTEC Fertilisers, Tongala.

A LIQUID fertiliser producer from northern Victoria is ­calling for better government scrutiny of labelling.

Latest livestock sales

Wodonga store cattle sale

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

Koonwarra, July 27: Locals dominate

Dispersal Sale Town-View Holsteins and Springview Jerseys

GIPPSLAND buyers pushed prices to more than $5000 three times at a dispersal at Koonwarra.

Tuerong, July 24: Shorthorn dash

Tuerong Dairy Shorthorn dispersal

IT was standing room only at the dispersal of Tuerong Dairy Shorthorns today.

New Holland lifts its game

New Holland lifts its game

NEW Holland’s LM range of telehandlers offers models capable of working with weights from 2500kg to 4200kg.

Touring seeders are up to Speed

Touring seeders are up to Speed

FIELD days visitors could meet the developer of two new minimum-till air seeders just released in Australia.

A Claas show at field days

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

CLAAS Harvest Centre will showcase its spreading, spraying and tractor technology at the Mallee Field Days.

Season turns on collision

SOUTH West District Football League reigning premier Dartmoor is out of finals contention.

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Season’s early start in Mildura

Season’s early start in Mildura

RIDERS at Mildura Horse Trials enjoyed some early competition at the weekend.

Racism claims rock major leagues

Goulburn Valley FL, Shepparton Swans v Shepparton United

TWO country footballers in the Hume and Goulburn Valley leagues allegedly were the target of racism last week.

Exciting trip for Aussie juniors

Exciting trip for Aussie juniors

AUSTRALIA is sending three of its best junior riders to Germany to compete at the German Friendship Games.

Have a ball in the ’Bool

TALK to Edward Mahony and words such as “dynamic”, “community” and “rejuvenation” flow freely.

Weekly Times Travel News

Beware of nursery bargains

Beware of nursery bargains

I’M NOT the only gardener who gets a bit picky when selecting and buying plants.

Tasty, accessible fruit

Tasty, accessible fruit

SOME fruit trees grow far too vigorously — they can become so tall we need a ladder to harvest the fruit.

Late bloomers shine

Late bloomers shine

I USED to admire a particularly beautiful, stately tree in a large suburban garden.

Tasty snack, or meal

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

SIMPLE minced meats and spices combine to create the foundation for a delicious and versatile meal.

Super savoury spuds

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

IT MAY be old-fashioned, but potatoes baked in their jackets make for true comfort food.

Top off Christmas in July

COUNTRY LIVING: Food Shoot with Jeremy Vincent

WE go out of our way to make plum puddings at Christmas but the weather just isn’t suited to such a rich dessert.

Magpie settles for top spot

DAVE Young saw our picture of a kookaburra sitting on top of a bird scarer and thought he could go one better.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Hey, bale art is everywhere

Hey, bale art is everywhere

LOOKS like farmers all over the world love a bit of hay bale art.

Horse frames new career

Horse frames new career

CUTBACKS in regional media are biting so hard that horses are being employed as camera guys.

Ask Agnes: Sweet loss

Ask Agnes: Sweet loss

DEAR Agnes, At our golf day recently we celebrated one of our ladies’ birthdays with a cake I made.

Real China revealed

Real China revealed

CHINA really is a land of contrasts.

Pride of the south

Pride of the south

IT’S early evening in front of Avignon’s Palais des Papes and the tourist hordes have gone for the day.

Away from the crowd

 Mt Baw Baw

RAOUL Picot was a 14-year-old when he first came to Mt Baw Baw as one of the early pioneers.

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