Last Updated: September 02, 2015

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Day of Dairy

Spearheading the start of spring

LOU Raffa and son Vince are expecting good-quality asparagus spears at their farm in Tooradin.

Going south

CHINA will turn to South America if Australia backs away from a landmark trade agreement, it’s believed.

Count roos, say councils

NEWS: Kangaroos.

A GROUP of central Victorian local councils is calling for better monitoring of kangaroos.

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.

Rain vital to save yield

 New VFF vice-president Wimmera farmer David Jochinke.

VICTORIAN grain growers are desperate for “substantial” rain to make or break their season.

Chook-lotto for poultry farm

Charlton chicken man

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

Boost for irrigators

Open irrigation channels on farm land and water wheel at Cohuna, Victoria on the Murray River 10 Apr 2002.

RAINFALL in North East Victoria has boosted irrigation allocations for the Murray catchment.

CSG inquiry ‘under-resourced’

CSG inquiry ‘under-resourced’

A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into unconventional onshore gas in Victoria is under-resourced, according to a draft report.

Brace for bushfire risk

 Generic images of bushfire damage in rural victoria. Burnt out fence close to road - many locals have complained wooden fenc...

A LONGER and more severe bushfire season summer will test fire fighting agencies, according to a new outlook.

Upgraded milk plant opens

Fonterra Logo Standard Large

FONTERRA’S investment at the Cobden will boost the value of southwest dairy products, says a local leader.

Funding boost for young farmers

Funding boost for young farmers

YOUNG farmers have received a boost in the form of a Federal Government funding commitment of $500,000.

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Milk Quality Awards

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

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.


New 9RX most expensive JD ever

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

Roo situation is ‘out of control’

THE kangaroo situation is “out of control”, according to a Harcourt orchardist and cider maker.

Winter’s last gasp

THE season in parts of Victoria is on a knife edge, days from the spring finishing period for crops.

Action on right-to-farm laws

Blackmore Wagyu

IT TOOK a celebrity to finally illicit action on Victoria’s fractured right-to-farm laws.

Labor’s lost the plot

Labor’s lost the plot

WE CANNOT afford to have Labor wreck the China FTA.

Abbott puts own interests first

Joel Fitzgibbon

TRADE liberalisation is unequivocally a good thing for Australia.

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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MP airs roo kill plan

Jumping For Joy

KANGAROOS would be hunted and killed by recreational shooters under a plan by a Victorian MP.

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Farmer of the Year

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.

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.

A magical winter season

Tim Kooloos, dairy farmer, Leongatha

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

Latest livestock sales

Kyneton weaner calf sale

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

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.

Bairnsdale, August 28: Strong gains

Bairnsdale Store Sale

GROWN steers sold to $1460 at the Bairnsdale store sale where 1950 cattle were yarded.

Major brands join demonstration

Major brands join demonstration

SOUTHERN Farming Systems is holding a boom spray demonstration day.

No mucking around

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

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.

Oscar makes AFL debut

CHARAM’S Oscar McDonald made his AFL debut on Sunday for the Demons against Fremantle.

Weekly Times Horse news

Ellinbank legends bow out

Adrian and Val

AFTER more than a half a century, Val and Adrian Pratt have called time at Ellinbank football club.

Cats open merger ‘bidding war’

Cats open merger ‘bidding war’

WOOMELANG-LASCELLES opens up a “bidding war” with three nearby clubs.

Colbo crunch time

Colbo crunch time

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

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.

Coalition rethink on gas

NEWS: Gas Inquiry - Lock the Gate Protest

VICTORIAN Opposition Matthew Guy has suggested his Coalition could change its policy on coal-seam gas.

Corrine’s cup of tea

THE year was 2000 when Corinne Noyes — yearning for a rural retreat — bought a 20ha property at Mt Best in South Gippsland.

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.

Leap of faith on horse

WE DIDN’T know that vaulting horse was a term that could be used literally.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Monster pumpkin takes over

Monster pumpkin takes over

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

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.

Ewe can’t do better

Ewe can’t do better

RECENTLY we showed you how to make the most out of nature.

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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