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Poultry auction success

POULTRY PALS: Casey White bonds with a silky chicken during Wimmera Poultry Club’s annual auction at Horsham Showground on Sunday. The club was formed in Dimboola in the 1970s before moving to Horsham in 1998. Its annual auction draws visitors from across Victoria and interstate to the Wimmera. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER The entire April 17, […]

Ararat gardening show grows

Ararat Gardening Club has welcomed several new members following a successful recent first All Things Gardening community expo at Ararat’s Alexandra Hall. Event organiser and Ararat Community Garden member Lesley Sladdin said the showcase flourished, with about 28 stallholders and hundreds of people attending. “We have had quite a few members join in the past […]

Farmers rally over vegan protests

Victorian Farmers Federation’s Wimmera-based leader has come out strongly in defence of farmers in the wake of animal-activist protests and activities across the country. Federation president David Jochinke assured consumers that Australian farmers strived to achieve world-best practice in animal production. He said this included animal health and welfare.  “If you choose not to consume […]

Ararat students learn in the vineyard

Ararat College  students Amelia Shill, Aria Lawson and Michael Purnell press grapes at Ararat College’s vineyard. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Ararat College students are planting seeds for a career in the wine industry as part of a school farm project.

Warracknabeal rally part of big Easter weekend

Chaff cutting, gristing, grain cleaning and blacksmithing will be among demonstrations at an Easter Rally at Wheatlands Warracknabeal Agricultural Machinery Museum during Easter. This year’s rally will feature International Harvester equipment. Activities will start with many rally exhibitors taking part in Yarriambiack Shire’s YFest Street Parade in Warracknabeal’s Scott Street. Demonstrations will start at the […]

Bureau provides Rainbow radar insights

Accurately tracking the real-time path of insects as well as rain, hail and smoke will be among capabilities of a new multi-million-dollar radar station near Rainbow. The new station between Jeparit and Rainbow will be able to pinpoint approaching particles in the air and provide critical information for everyone from farmers to emergency service personnel. […]

Help for farmers

Northern Grampians municipal leaders are urging farmers in the shire who qualify for a Federal Government Farm Household Allowance to apply. Allowances include up to $6000 as a lump-sum payment The Federal Government is encouraging people considering applying to call a Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316 to discuss their eligibility. The entire April 10, […]

Throw your worries away to aid mental health

Write down your worries on a piece of paper, scrunch it up, and throw it… into a hollow tree stump. Horsham Agricultural Society’s ‘Dump Stump’ project members will take several empty stumps and the idea of physically throwing away your worries to various businesses across Horsham. Partnered with a free Rural Outreach Program, society secretary […]

Longy students graduate

More than 280 people gathered at a Longerenong College ceremony on Friday to celebrate 2018 graduates. Some graduating students travelled from Tasmania and Western Australia to attend the event. Officials used the occasion to announce award winners, with Lucy Powell from Paraparap being Diploma of Agronomy dux. Rebecca Sluggett from Vectis was announced Victorian Wheat […]

Kealy fires broadside on roads

A ‘shambolic mess’ is how Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described the State Government’s handling of road maintenance across Victoria. Ms Kealy said the Labor government, in voting down a plan to direct more state revenue towards fixing roads, was an example of misplaced priorities. “The Liberal-Nationals wanted to increase the amount of money […]


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