Last Updated: March 29, 2015

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Farmer of the Year keeps it simple

SOUTHWEST Victorian dairy farmers Brad and Becc Couch have been named 2014 Farmer of the Year.

Competition yields top finalists

Competition yields top finalists
FARMERS from across the southeast of Australia are gearing up for Farmer of the Year awards tonight.

GRASS FOCUS Aaron nurses share market

Aaron nurses share market
ONE passionate South Gippsland dairy farmer reckons there’s no need to own land to become a success.

Cascade of quality flows

Cascade of quality flows
MICHAEL McCormack puts great store in knowing all he can about his herd.

Sweet life for young Free spirit

Sweet life for young Free spirit
HE’S only 26 but he runs the biggest organic farm in Victoria — if not Australia — and has plans to keep expanding.

Nyangay flock a cut above

Nyangay flock a cut above
GEOFF and Jill Chapman could join the circus with the amount of juggling that’s been needed in the past year.

Joe’s spears on target

Joe’s spears on target
AS PRESIDENT of the Australian Asparagus Council and one of the nation’s largest growers, Joe Vizzarri often gets asked if he’s stressed.

Water the key to Cook’s recipe

Water the key to Cook’s recipe
DAVID Cook looks outside the square to overcome the lack of water.

Trompf card the perfect pick

Trompf card the perfect pick
THIS North East farming family has plenty of aces up its sleeve, writes FIONA MYERS

Reg’s Jersey girls a smash hit

Reg’s Jersey girls a smash hit
NEVER ones to be conventional, the Matthews get things mooving, writes SARAH HUDSON

Game, tech ‘n’ match

Game, tech ‘n’ match
THE Bibby family of Berriwillock uses science and technology to serve up its fair share of aces, writes EMMA FIELD.

Prime lambs flavour of the month

Prime lambs flavour of the month
DAVID Farley is one of those names you hear when farmers talk about young up-and-comers.

A season to be jolly in the hills

A season to be jolly in the hills
BARRY Newcomen surveys the luminous green pasture of his Ensay Hereford stud, below a canopy of the bluest of skies.

The seeds of success

The seeds of success
COOKING up a seed production enterprise is just part of the agricultural dynasty of EG Baker and Co.

Bell family gears up for drought

Wimmera Mallee season
MOCKINYA mixed farmers Andrew and Simone Bell are gearing their business to deal with a dry end to the year.

History making history

History making history
UPDATE: ONE of Victoria’s most renowned whiteface cattle breeders is becoming equally regarded for their sheep.

Genes the perfect fit

Genes the perfect fit
THE figures well and truly add up for this beef operation on the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula.

Tom’s mix is a match

Tom’s mix is a match
EXPERIENCE as an agronomist has helped young farmer Tom Sambell adopt a broader perspective.

Share market reform a winner

 Vicki Jones, Mountain View Farm, Gippsland. Credit pic: Caroline Jones Picture: Supplied
LOVE to own dairy cows, but don’t want to get up early to milk?

Leahcim hard to bleat

Leahcim hard to bleat
SHEEP from Andrew Michael’s South Australian stud are in strong demand across Australia.

Dorpers a perfect gift

FOCUS: Celia and Jack Tucker and their Dorper sheep on farm at Willaura North.
A TRAILER load of Dorper sheep is not the most romantic birthday present.

There’s dollars in dirt

There’s dollars in dirt
STEPHEN Walter is fond — he confesses — of greeting visitors to his Wimmera cropping farm with a garden fork.

Dairy duo after richer and purer

Dairy duo after richer and purer
NORTH East farmers Justin and Alice Colclough are taking their first steps on their dairying journey.

Inchbolds the mix masters

Adam Inchbold, Yarrawonga
ONE farming enterprise in northern Victoria has used a crop of strategies to make their business successful.

Answering the call of the wild

Peppermint Ridge Farm
IN ANCIENT mythology, a cornucopia was a magic goat’s horn, overflowing with abundance.

A natural food for thought

 Bruce and Del Harington-Hawes from Nayook who run an Angus farm supplying meat to Gippsland Natural Picture: Scullin Gregory...
MOST farmers, Bruce Harington-Hawes reckons, like to produce a quality product.

Tulip business blooms

TNB Tulips with Els Bakker at her tulip farm in Monbulk
AFTER years picking tulips for her parents, Els Bakker swore she would never marry a tulip grower.

Gleesons take on heifer rearing

Bilyana Grazing
ANY dairy farmer will tell you a well-reared heifer is crucial to their business.

Bahrs hard to bleat on productivity

Darren Bahr from The Rock
RAISING the bar in sheep productivity is par for the cause for one NSW Riverina sheep producer.

The search is on

The search is on
WELCOME to the launch of The Weekly Times Coles 2014 Farmer of the Year awards.

Argyle goes the extra mile

Lachie & Andrina Graham - Argyle Prestige Meats at Harden NSW.
IT’S been a big few months for Lachie and Andrina Graham.

Myki may roll into regions

Train signs

A DECISION could be made to roll out the Myki ticketing system across country Victoria later this year.

Three more live baiting charges

Greyhounds at Sandown - Melbourne Cup trials. Race 7. Malfoy comes from behind for an emphatic victory. This is a generic sho...

POLICE have charged another three people in relation to allegations of live baiting in the Greyhound racing industry.

Milk price still settling

Milk price still settling

MAJOR milk processors are sending mixed signals about if they will follow WCB’s lead and top up farmgate prices.

New Arion has a touch of Claas

New Arion has a touch of Claas

CLAAS Harvest Centre has confirmed a new Arion 400 series will be arriving in Australia next year.

Take a butcher’s hook

CL: Ivan the Butcher and his shop in Newry.

IVAN McNally’s butcher shop in Newry has two cash registers; the old one and the new one.

Livestock Doc: Not a scrap of trouble

FARM - PIGS at Corop with Katy Brown

THE dangers of swill feeding and why is it illegal in Australia.