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Horse vaccine ‘next year’

THE company that makesan equine vaccine subject to acritical shortage in Australia is producing a batch of the product, butsays itintends onimporting it into Europe first.

On Thursday the Newcastle Herald reported fears of an “abortion storm” at Hunter Valley stud farms due to a critical shortage of the drug Duvaxyn, a vaccine for equine herpes.

Supply of the vaccine has been halted since the end of 2014when the only company that makes it, Zeolis, shifted its production from Europe to the United States.

It hasn’t explained the problem, but the company’s director of regulatory and scientific affairs, John Messer, saysthebatches produced “have not met the required standards for titres, a measure of the potency of the vaccine”.

The company says it aims to restore supply of the drug into Australia “next year”, but in the meantime, batches for European markets are still being produced.

Asked why the batch of the vaccine currently under production could not also be introduced to Australia, Mr Messer said in a statement that the company had “applied to the Department of Agriculture for a permit to import any batches produced to European specifications”.

He said the department would “need to assess whether the differing materials used in the European batch pose a risk to Australia’s biosecurity”.

He said it “will be necessary to apply to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for a permit to import specific batches for use in Australia”.

The company has also resisted calls to introduce a similar drug calledPneumabort which is currently licensedin New Zealand, because, it says,the lengthy process of licencing the drugwould mean it wasn’t available until 2018 or 2019 in a “best case” scenario.

“Given these timelines, we are putting all of our efforts into restoring supply of Duvaxynas quickly as possible, as we believe this is the quickest solution for Australian horse owners,” Mr Messer said.

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Glifberg set to highlight pro-am class

AIR: Rune Glifberg has been announced as one of the international riders in the pro-am category of this weekend’s Australian Bowl Riding Championships.

LEGENDARY Danish skateboarder and 12-time X Games medallist Rune Glifberg is among a host of talented international and local riders listed to compete in the pro-am category of this weekend’s Australian Bowl Riding Championships at Bar Beach.

Known as The Danish Destroyer, Glifberg, 41, is well-known among even occasional skateboarding fans around the world and appeared in the first five Tony Hawk skateboarding video games.

He is one of only three skateboarders to have competed in every X Games event since the competition’s inception in 1995 and will be among the headliners on a massive weekend of skateboarding at Empire Park.

With three-time Bar Beach winner Alex Sorgente not listed to defend his title and Brazilian Pedro Barros also not expected to attend, the door has been left open for a host of top bowl riders.

Among the skaters to watchin the masters division are Melbourne legend Renton Millar and former Australian Bowl Riding Championship masters winner CalifornianPat Ngoho.

Multiple Bar Beachjuniortitlewinner and teenage skating prodigy Keegan Palmer is also not listed to compete, but the Hunter will be well represented by Jedd McKenzie and pint-size duo Alfie and Boaz Bonar among others.

The fifth Australian Bowl Riding Championships at Bar Beach are tipped to be the biggest in the event’s history, with two days of competition, more competitors and a second grandstand.

Warners Bay business Grundy’s Skate Store have come on board as the naming rights partner and have planned a host of crowd activities to compliment the action in the bowl, including free skate coaching.

“We’re proud to be involved with ABC as it is one of Australia’s most prestigious bowl championships,” Russell Grundy said.

“It brings Australia and the world’s greatest skateboarders to our amazing city which I’m stoked to call home.”ABC is not to be missed by anyone.”Once again this year there will be four categories –juniors,women’s open, pro-am and masters – with competition startingon Saturday and semi-finals and finals set down for Sunday.

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Six of the best: Victorian country escapes

The respected and rather posh Lake House restaurant, Daylesford, has held its two The Age Good Food Guide hats for many years. Photo: supplied The Schaller Studio, Art Series Hotel, Bendigo.

The Buckland.


Still Victoria’s quintessential luxury rural retreat, this stylish Central Victorian stalwart is forever evolving. Never ones to pause, visionary owner Alla Wolf-Tasker and family last year unveiled snazzy new lodge suites and studios with the respected and rather posh restaurant still clinging, after all these years, to its two The Age Good Food Guide hats. If you’re in the mood for a sybaritic splurge book the Retreat, a richly decorated stand-alone house that channels New Zealand’s luxury lodges. Doubles from $503 per night, minimum stay two nights, including dinner and breakfast. See lakehouse苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛THE SCHALLER STUDIO, BENDIGO

It’s plonked in an incongruous, not particularly well-located hospital campus, with rooms so small you could barely wield a scalpel in them. But the 120-room Schaller Studio is a funky, surprising antidote to predictable country Australian accommodation. Part of the groundbreaking, Melbourne Art Series Hotels group, the Schaller Studio (named after, and styled around, the Melbourne artist Mark Schaller) has provided a further fillip to Bendigo’s ambitions as Australia’s regional cultural hub with its excellent and enterprising art gallery as the centrepiece. Don’t forget to hop on the special Schaller Studio-decorated tram for a  jaunt into town and back. Doubles from $115. See artserieshotels苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛THE BUCKLAND, BRIGHT

When it was opened some years ago now by its far-sighted German-Australian owners, the Buckland established new standards in Australia for so-called self-contained accommodation. The five luxuriously equipped, light-bathed studio retreats deliver breathtaking views across farmland to the adjacent might of Mount Buffalo. Don’t miss the Buckland’s fruhstuck (German for breakfast, don’t you know) in the communal and convivial breakfast lounge. Bright itself is shaping as one of Victoria’s best emerging foodie towns with Simones and Tani Eat & Drink both one-hatted with Feathertop Alfresco Dining a good casual choice at Boynton’s superbly situated winery. Lively Bright Brewery, with its “mountain-crafted beer”, is good for a feed and a pint. Doubles from $305 per night, minimum stay two nights. See thebuckland苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛CHATEAU YERING, COLDSTREAM

Historic Chateau Yering is perfectly locatedslap bang in the middle of the Yarra Valley, a region rapidly gaining a global reputation for the quality of its premium wines. Unapologetically old-fashioned, Chateau Yering is a bed and breakfast on a grand scale. Dating to the 1850s, this 32-room grand dame is a mere 45-minutes from Melbourne with one of the iconic five-star property’s few nods to the contemporary being its one-hatted Eleonore’s restaurant. It’s complemented by both the congenial Sweetwater Cafe and the neighbouring landmark Yering Station winery. Hot-air balloons often conveniently deposit their passengers at the conclusion of flights in a cow paddock directly across the road from Chateau Yering (mind the squishy pats). Doubles from $395. See chateauyering苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛POLPERRO VILLAS, RED HILL

The premium cool-climate fine wines of the Mornington Peninsula have come far and, judging by these swanky digs set amid the eponymous winery, so too has the region’s accommodation offerings. Each of a quartet of swanky and capacious villas overlook the vineyard and include an open fireplace, a centrally-positioned spa bath and a private deck. Villa four even features a private sauna with guests at of the villas provided with choice of quality breakfast items including fresh bread, homemade muesli and preserves. For lunch and dinner there’s the winery’s own and equally mod The Age Good Food Guide-listed bistro. Doubles from $320. See polperrowines苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛HARVEST BIRREGURRA BED & BREAKFAST

Who said that the bed and breakfast is dead? It’s certainly not the case in tiny Birregurra, a charming, one-street town west of Melbourne which literally and figuratively these days feeds off the success of Brae, Australia’s premier regional restaurant. The graphic design sensibilities of one of the owners is evident in the branding of the proudly pot pourri-free Harvest Birregurra, a former GP’s art deco-style practice and residence. Harvest, and its counterpart Birregurra B&Bs is set for competition from Brae itself when chef Dan Hunter and wife Julianne open their own, albeit more exclusive, accommodation this year. Doubles from $210, including breakfast. See harvestbirregurra苏州美甲美睫培训学校

Anthony Dennis travelled as a guest of Tourism Victoria (visitvictoria苏州美甲美睫培训学校) and the featured properties.

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Star women shine at Surfest

ON POINT: Stephanie Gilmore powers into round five of the Surfest Women’s Classic on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll MEREWETHER’S Philippa Anderson, top seed Sally Fitzgibbons and six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore all progressed asthe big names of theSurfest Women’s Classic hit the water in round four on Thursday at Merewether.

Anderson took down championship tour surfer Laura Enever in heat two of the day with a two-wave score of 15.1. Enever still progressed in second with 12.93.

“I got a few good waves and it was good to get it out of the way,” Anderson said.

“No matter what heat you’re in, it’s prettyhard. All the girls here are really impressive.

“It was my first 6000-point contest heat of the year, so I was a bit nervous as well.”

All eyes were on Fitzgibbons and Gilmore later in the morning and they had contrasting heats.

Fitzgibbons came up against the Sunshine Coast’s Dimity Stoyle in a repeat of the 2013 Surfest final and again it was an upset result.

Stoyle, who is trying this year to get back on the CT, produced the standout performance of the round, earning scores of 9.43 and 8.23 for a 17.66 total. Fitzgibbons was second with 14.77 (7.77 and 7).

”All the other girls got off to a really quickstart and got a few good waves straight off the bat,” Stoyle said.

“I kind of had nothing, so I thought I just had to relax, sit out here, use priority and wait on a bomb, and that’s what Idid. I got a nine on that, and that turned my heat around.”

Fitzgibbons believed her wave selection needed to improve.

“We’re expecting some increase in swell and hopefully some more opportunity,” Fitzgibbons said.

“There’s a few things I really need to tighten up on, but it was my first heat back in the water, so hopefully next heat I can have a few more opportunities and the waves I’m selecting are a little more on point.

“I think you get so excited, putting the jersey back on. You want to catch waves, then you remember you’re in a heat. That strategy will definitely come into play next heat.”

Gilmore had an easier time in her first heat of the year, posting an eight-point ride early, despite fallingon the wave,to set up a winning total of 15.1. It was the 2008 Surfest champion’s first heat of the year after missing most of 2015 with injury.

”It’s good to take the pressure off with a nice first wave,” Gilmore said.

“I fell off at the end, and that was my first surf of the morning, and I was a bit nervous and had a few things going on.

“It was a nice way to start. Merewether is always a nice spot to hang out with these little right-handers, which is what I like to surf.

“They are my sort of waves, and I think in the next couple of days we’ll get some more, so it’s going to be fun.”

Australian Keely Andrew and Alessa Quizon, who are both CT surfers this year,were the major casualties of the round.

The Surfest men’s competition resumed with round three in the afternoon. Merewether’s Ryan Callinan is due to surf at 3.30pm.

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Program to prevent dog attacks hits the Hunter

An education program for small children is being rolled out across the Hunter in a bid to prevent dog attacks.

Pet educator Vicki Collins and her four-legged assistant Mr President, who is affectionately known as Linc, are at the forefront of the visual and music session that teaches children to observe a dog’s body language and act accordingly.

It comes after a spate of dog attacksacross the Hunterin recent months, where children and adults have been attacked.

The most horrific incident occurredin August when eight-year-oldThalia Standleylost her right hand after she leaned against a retaining wall in Valentine and placed her hand near a gap in a fence.

AnAlaskan Malamute stuck its head through the small gap,grabbed onto her and pulled her hand and arm under the fence.

Ms Collins said children up to the age of nine were most at riskand learning to give a dog its space in certain situations would help to reduce attacks.

Statistics show most children are bitten by their own dog, or a dog that is known to them, while they were playing, patting or feeding them, she said.

The program teaches children to leave a dog alone if it is nervous, frightened, angry or aggressive.

It also tells them to stay away from a dogwhen it is eating,in the backyard, sleeping, in its kennel, sick or injured, at a party, and not with its owner.

Ms Collins said parents need to provide active supervision whenever their child is near a dog.

“Childrenshould not hug a dog around the neck, play aggressive games with it, star into the dogs eyes, hurt it, pat it on the head or corner it so it cannot escape,” she said.

“In Victoria they’ve had great success with this program in reducing the number of incidents.

“It hasn’t been in NSW very long, but it will definitely help as we get the message out there.

“We run programs for preschool parents too, but there aren’t many who want to be involved.”

Children at Clarence Town preschool were confident around Lic once Ms Collins had taught them how to assess the dog’sbehaviour.

“They need to know what they should and shouldn’t do andthey need to learn about this from a young age – if we don’t teach them they won’t know how to read the dog,” preschool director Rebecca Bolandsaid.

Lic has been educating children for three years and eagerly waits for the part of the program when they taketurns atpatting him.

He has two canine friends at home who also participate in the program.

“When I put my uniform on of a morning the three of them want to come with me, they love it, they want to get pats,” Ms Collins said.

Ms Collins said children often wanted to rush up to a dog and pat it.

She said they needed to stop and give the dog and its owner enough space, while they asked if they could give it a pat.

“One of the biggest things you can teach a child is to always ask the owner if they can pat the dog,” she said.

“Children might encounter a service dogand they can’t be patted even though they’ve got a great temperament, so it’s very important they learn to stop and ask.”

If the owner consents the child should hold their hand in a fist and let the dog smell the back of their hand, before stepping to the side of the dog and stroking it gently from the collar to the tail.

“We’ve found the program also helps children who are nervous around dogs,” Ms Collins said.

“Once we’ve gone through the course they are confident because they know what to look for.”

The NSW Office of Local Government is rolling out the Living Safely with Dogs program in preschools across NSW. It also has a program forkindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students.

Ms Collins said the repetition of the information, along with more detailed informationabout how to look after a dog, would help reinforce the message in the child’s mind.

Clarence Town preschooler Scarlet Fitzpatrick pats Linc the dog as part of the Living Safely with Dogs program that aims to reduce dog attacks.

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