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Team Ireland Compete at the Young Handlers Competition at the World Hereford Conference – New Zealand 2020

Eoin Lynch (Team Leader), Sinead Conry, Michael Barrett & Katie Brady represented Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown New Zealand from 7th – 14th March 2020 and competed in the Young Handlers Competition. The Team competed against the best teams from around the globe including; New Zealand (2 teams), Australia (2 teams), USA, Denmark, UK & Sweden.

Eoin Lynch, Katie Brady, Sinead Conry & Michael Barrett.

The week began for the Team with a day of team building activities with the other 8 teams including laser tag & go-karting.

The next day was down to business with module competitions including; Butchering, genetics & essay writing at Waiau Herefords. The crew were given a guided tour of the stud & competed in a quiz to end the day.

Monday kicked off at Monymusk Herefords with a farm tour followed by the Stock & Fleece judging competition before joining the Conference Welcome Reception. Each team had to deliver their reasoning behind their judgements.

Tuesday, the focus was creating & presenting a powerpoint on the ‘Rural/Urban Divide’ – an issue facing each country today. Each team were allocated the same amount of time to compile their points & then they delivered their findings & solutions to the entire group. The winning team then went on to present to the entire Conference; well done to team USA for a very interesting & unique Presentation. Each of the teams than joined the conference attendees aboard the TSS Earnslaw and onto Walter Peak Station for a gala dinner.

Michael, Sinead,Katie & Eoin waiting to board the TSS Earnslaw.

Wednesday was somewhat of a ‘Free’ day for the Young Handler teams – each of them went jet boating on Lake Wakatipu in the morning along with some free time to exlpore Arrowtown – an old time Mining town. In the afternoon they travelled to join the conference at Locharburn horned Hereford stud for a demonstration of scanning for intramuscular fat & a talk from Allflex tagging representatives on the use of their monitoring systems to improve the health & welfare of stock. The teams then traveled onto Wanaka to prepare for the rest of the week.

The focus of Thursday was stalling the heifers, choosing heifers for showing, preparing the heifers for showing & the clipping competition in the Wanaka showgrounds. This was a great opportunity for the teams to get hands on, delegate responsibilities and showcase their talents & skills. Each team clipped the heifers according to home cultures & it was fantastic to see the differences between each country. Again, each team had to deliver the reasoning behind the areas they clipped on the heifer.

Friday was D-Day – Wanaka A&P Show. Each Young Handler prepared their heifer & walked them in the show ring in their allocated class. There were 4 classes with 1 member from each team in each class. The Standard of the Young Handlers was very high & each of the Young breeders were very even in their skills & capabilities. This made for an interesting competition and a very hard job for the judge. The day finished off with the Hereford classes & prize giving.

Team Ireland worked hard all week – showcasing their talents, home culture & passion along with experiencing new tasks and learning new skills.

The team were a credit to both themselves and the Society & proved to be true ambassadors for Irish Herefords. This was an invaluable experience for our Young Breeders & they have made memories and friends for life along with learning new skills and learning about Herefords around the globe. The Irish Hereford Society would like to say a huge thanks to Slaney Foods International for sponsoring the team and making this dream a reality for each of them.

Well done to Team New Zealand on winning the Young Handlers Competition 2020.

Team NZ .

The Society are hopeful this will be the beginning of something great for the Young Hereford breeders of Ireland and open up more opportunities for Young Irish Breeders.

Credit is due to all in the New Zealand Hereford Society, New Zealand Hereford Prime, Boehringer Ingelheim, PGG Wrightson, Allflex & all behind the scenes for pulling out all the stops and making this an incredible & opportunistic competition for all young Hereford breeders.

A huge thanks is extended to all who sponsored & supported the Irish Team along this journey including; Slaney Foods International, Clippers Ireland, Ballyjamesduff Co-op, Farm Wardrobe, Grianan Herefords, Gurteragh Herefords, Peter O’Connell, Cork Marts (Bandon), Balleen Herefords, Tynan Meats, Thomas Duffy (Macra na Feirme President), all Irish Hereford breeders. & all behind the scenes.

Next stop New Zealand!

The Team of Irish Young Handlers were out and about again last week. Our kind sponsors; Slaney Foods International invited the team to their facility in Bunclody, Co. Wexford for a tour of the factory. The day began by meeting the Director, Rory Fanning who gave a brief overview and background of the factory and important pillars of business. Therafter, Dennis & Marika gave us a guided tour of the Factory, showing every stage in depth from where the cattle enter the lairage alive right through to Slaughter and onto boning before seeing the product being packed and sent on for further processing.

Huge thanks to Rory Fanning, Marika Mahon & all the crew in Slaney Foods International for all their help, sponsorship and input into this travel bursary and making this opportunity possible.

Sinead Conry, eoin Lynch, Larry Feeney (IHBS Secretary), Dennis (Slaney Foods Procurement Officer), Michael Barrett & Louise Callan (IHBS Breed Development Officer).

Many thanks is also due to Ballyjamesduff Coop Store for sponsoring boots to each of our Young Handlers; Katie, Eoin, Sinead & Michael ahead of the Young Handlers Competition next month. Thanks also to Farm Wardrobe for organising the fresh & eye catching uniforms. The team are now fully kitted out and ready to compete!

Katie Brady with Micheal O’Reilly (Ballyjamesduff Co-op store manager).

A shout out also to and huge thanks to Clippers Ireland for sponsoring our team of Young Handlers with a brand new clippers ahead of the clipping competition they will compete in as part of the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next month!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates on our teams progress & updates from the World Hereford Conference.

Young Handlers Stock Judging in Kilkenny ahead of New Zealand competition.

Our team of Irish Young Handlers were out and about last Saturday in preparation for the Young Handlers Competition at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next month. The team began the day by practicing stock judging at Balleen Herefords in Kilkenny with great help from herd owner Tom Brennan. Tom gave an in-depth overview of judging Hereford cattle and facilitated the Young Handlers judging pens of bulls & heifers. Tom also shared his experience and knowledge of various bloodlines he has used and is using on the farm, tips on choosing bulls, using AI & the benefits and difficulties associated with embryo transfer.

The day continued for Eoin, Sinead & Michael with a visit to Tynan Meats where proprietor; Neil Tynan, gave a tour of the factory to learn about; the processes involved in production – from slaughter through boning and finally onto packing, carcase quality, differences between grades of carcases & breeds of cattle hanging up i.e. fat levels etc. cuts of meat and where they are supplying to, the type of cattle that they are buying and and what the customer wants.

The day was a success with everyone learning something new & taking on alot of information and hands on experience that will stand to the team of Young Handlers in competition next Month in New Zealand!

The Society would like to thank Tom and Rosemary Brennan & Neil Tynan for being more than generous with their time & very welcoming to the group.

Carrick Winter Fair 2019

A great Show and Sale was had at the Annual Carrick -on-Shannon Winter Fair last week on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th November. Top price from the sale was an amazing € 10,000 secured for Junior Belguin Blue Champion Heifer Calf which from a Mayo herd. The Hereford class is ever growing at the fair and encouraged quality stock to the exhibition this year again.

Lot 83 was crowned Champion HEX Heifer, weighing in at 650kgs. This prime heifer was owned by Seamus Neary from Kilkenny and sold for €1720.

Champion HEX Heifer with owner, Seamus Neary, handler, Sean McGarry, Sinead Conry & Sponsor Padraig McGrath of Kye Herefords, Roscommon.

Lot 84, owned by Ivan Glenn; secured 2nd place in the class. This quality HEX heifer weighed 644kgs and sold for a solid €2100.

2nd place winner: Lot 84 belonging to Ivan Glenn with Sinead Conry & Sponsor Padraig McGrath

A busy day was had also by one of our Young Handlers; Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Roscommon, who took on the joint task of judging the Young Stock Person Class. Sinead and her collegue, Nicola Farrell, executed the job excellently.

Sinead & Nicola judging the stockpersons skills.

Many thanks to Padraig & Catherine McGrath of Kye Herefords, Roscommon, for sponsoring the Hereford Cross class.

Upcoming Events.

The Premier Spring Show & Sale will be held in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 28th March 2020. Entries close 1 month before the date of Sale.

Irish National Hereford Calf Show 2019

The Irish National Calf show was held last Sunday 10th November in GVM Tullamore. There was a good show of spectators travelling from across the country to view the classes with nearly 100 entries of top quality stock. This year, the North Leinster Branch spruced up the show with revamped classes.

The Young Handlers got the proceedings underway at 10am with Padraig Farrell of Cavehill Herefords, inspecting their stockmanship skills. Padraig also judged the Commercial class.

Judging the Pedigree classes at this show was Miss Non Thorne from Studdolph Herefords in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Non and her parents; George & Ionwy, have been breeding herefords since 1946. The Thorne family are no strangers to the show ring having won several awards over the years including herd of the year. Non made the 4 hour boat journey with her father, George, to be a part of this event & the Society were only delighted to welcome them both to Tullamore.

Judge, Non Thorne, being presented with a gift from John Canty on behalf of the North Leinster Branch.

Male Championship:

Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: John & Beatrice Appelbe – Appel 1 Mighty. 372214625741668, 10th Nov 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1 Mighty

Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: ‘Appel 1 Mighty’ with breeder John Appelbe, Cork & Judge Non Throne.

Reserve Supreme Male Champion & Junior Male Champion: JJ Farrell – Trillick Chesney, 372213272092133, 15th Apr 19, Glaslough Rooney, Cill Cormaic Kaz.

Reserve Supreme Champion & Junior Male Champion: ‘Trillick Chesney‘ with breeder Ciaran Farrell, Longford.

Reserve Senior Male Champion: Michael & Grainne Farrell -Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock, 372218952750169, 15th Oct 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Castledaly Roisin.

Reserve Senior Male Champion: ‘Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock’ with Hugh P. Murray & Breeder Michael Farrell, Westmeath.

Reserve Junior Male Champion: Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Kodak Moment ET, 372226228410404, 1st Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

Reserve Junior Male Champion: Herberry 1 Kodak Moment Et‘ with breeder Veronica Brennan, Tipperary.

FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIP:

Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: Michael Dullea – Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167, 372226275080167, 29th Oct 18, Solitude 1 Marshall, Appel 1 Dolly 2.

Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: ‘Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167‘ with exhibitor Michael Dullea, Cork.

Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Reserve Senior Female Champion: Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald -Griananpoll 1 Orange T863, 372223154920863, 6th Nov 18, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Grianan Orange R786.

Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Reserve Senior Female Champion: ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange T863’ with breeder Dara Fitzgerald, Westmeath.

Junior Female Champion: Mary Pat Dinneen- Dunworley Ivy, 372219778831047, 1st Feb 19, F.H. William, Dunworley Krystle

Junior Female Champion: ‘Dunworley Ivy’ with breeder Mary Pat Dinneen, Cork.

Reserve Junior Female Champion: Michael Molloy – Moyclare Rose 45th, 372223914620467, 23rd May 19, Freetown Nadal, Moyclare Rose 10th.

Reserve Junior Female Champion: ‘Moyclare Rose 45th‘ with breeder Michael Molloy, Offaly.

Class Results:

Class 1: Young Handler — Under 14 on the day of the show.

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society & Alison Beattie — Farm Wardrobe.

1.  Tara Drumm

2. Colin Bourke

3. Elisa Drumm

4. Dara Fitzgerald

5. John O’Dwyer

6. Liam O’Dwyer

7. Oisin Whelan

8. Dylan Smith

1st place Junior Young Handler- Tara Drumm with Judge Padraig Farrell.

Class 2: Young Handler — Under 21 & over 14 on the day of the show

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society & Alison Beattie — Farm Wardrobe.

1. Sarah Murray

2. PJ Moloney

3. Mark Hyland

4. Conor Jones

5. Padraig Jones  

1st Place Senior Young Handler – Sarah Murray with class sponsor Alison Beattie.
Young Handler & Commerical Judge, Padraig Farrell, being presented with a gift from Isabella Canty on behalf of the North Leinster Branch.

Class 3: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.

Sponsor: Hugh Mulvihill (Auctioneer) & GVM.

1. Michael Dullea – Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167, 372226275080167, 29th Oct 18, Solitude 1 Marshall, Appel 1 Dolly 2.

2. Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald – Griananpoll 1 Orange T863, 372223154920863, 6th Nov 18, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Grianan Orange R786.

3. Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald – Grianan Orange T860, 372223154980860, 29th Sep 18, Bowmont Storm A584, Grianan Dominique.

4. Sean McKiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 004, 372214481621004, 5th Nov 18, Corlismorepoll 1 Lad, Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 524.

5. Edwin & Robert Jones – Keenagh Orlena, 372222238110376, 7th Nov 18, Black Water Lad, Keenagh Maddy.

1st place in class 3, Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: ‘Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167‘ with exhibitor Michael Dullea, Cork.
2nd Place in Class 3, Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Reserve Senior Female Champion: ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange T863’ with breeder Dara Fitzgerald., Westmeath.

 Class 4: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th November 2018 & 14th January 2019.

Sponsor: Greenvale Animal Feeds

1. Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Lucy Superstar, 372226228480402, 8th Jan 19, SMH Euro 30E, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

 2. Eamon & John McKiernan – Knockmanta 1 Kylie, 372216014610845, 2nd Dec 18, Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, Knockmanta 1 Beauty.

3.  Sean McKiernan – Corlismore Oyster 009, 372214481671009, 16th Nov 18, Shiloh-Farm Dynamite, Corlismore Oyster 597.

4. Michael Dullea – Deelish 1 Irresistible, 372214011960788, 1st Dec 18, Dendor 1 Kohinoor PP, Tanavalla Jemma.

5. Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald – Grianan Orange T864, 372223154930864, 15th Nov 18, Grianan Parker, Grianan Orange N692.

1st Place in class 4: ‘Herberry 1 Lucy Superstar’ with Young Handler Colin Bourke, Tipperary.

Class 5: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society

1. Mary Pat Dinneen – Dunworley Ivy, 372219778831047, 1st Feb 19, F.H. William, Dunworley Krystle

2. Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Saffron Lucy ET, 372226228440407, 3rd Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

3. Sean McKiernan – Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette 1022, 372214806871022, 9th Mar 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette.

4. Sean McKiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Ruby 020, 372214481621020, 3rd Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Dendor 1 Ruby 27th.

5. Christine Drumm – Crowenstown Prettymaid 2, 372223810210009, 2nd Mar 19, Cill Cormaic Kasper, Allowdale Prettymaid 557.

1st Place in Class 5 & Junior Female Champion: ‘Dunworley Ivy’ with breeder Mary Pat Dinneen, Cork.

Class 6: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th March & 14th May 2019.

Sponsor:  Irish Hereford Prime

1. Eamon & John McKiernan – Knockmanta 1 Georgina, 372216014650857, 17th Mar 19, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Knockmanta 1 Jackie 2.

2. John Jones – Clonroe Holly, 372222730241828, 9th Apr 19, Kilsunny Goliath, Clonroe Fiadh.

3. Michael & Ciaran Kinahan – Airhill Rapunzal, 372214494991307, 29th Apr 19, Cill Cormaic Napoleon, Airhill Korea.

4. John Jones – Airhill Rufus, 372214494971313, 5th May 19, Trillick Paul, Airhill Koba.

1st Place in Class 6: ‘Knockmanta 1 Georgina’ with breeder John McKiernan, Louth.
3rd Place in Class 6: ‘Airhill Rapunzal‘ with Handler Sarah Murray.

 Class 7: Heifer Calf of the future, born from May 15th 2019 onwards.

Sponsor:  Progressive Genetics

1. Michael Molloy – Moyclare Rose 45th, 372223914620467, 23rd May 19, Freetown Nadal, Moyclare Rose 10th.

Heifer Calf of the Future: ‘Moyclare Rose 45th’ with breeder Michael Molloy, Offaly.

Class 8: Commercial Hereford sired calf, Male or Female not weighing over 450kg.

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Prime

1. Hugh P Murray – Panda, 372212246290214, 10th Feb 19, Romany 1 Lawbreaker, IE182026730288

2. Ivan Jones – ——, 372219868550416, 6th Apr 19, IE301207220987, IE361116760219.

3. Hugh P Murray – Fluffy, 372212246220216, 18th Feb 19, Normanton 1 Laertes, IE301096610146

4. Philip Smyth – Oreo, 372214429580845, 13th May 19, Church Preen Galileo, IE121007620515.

Commercial Champion: ‘Panda’, with breeder Hugh P. Murray, Westmeath.
Commercial Champion ‘Panda’ & 3rd place Commercial ‘Fluffy’ with breeders Hugh P & Kerrie Murray.

Class 9: Bull Calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.

Sponsor: Lakeland Dairies

1. John & Beatrice Appelbe – Appel 1 Mighty, 372214625741668, 10th Nov 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1 Mighty

2. Michael & Grainne Farrell – Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock, 372218952750169, 15th Oct 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Castledaly Roisin.

3. Sean McKiernan – Corlismore Punch 994, 372214481690994, 16th Sep 18, Shiloh-Farm Dynamite, Corlismore Oyster 758.

4. Michael Molloy – Moyclare Romeo, 372223914670455, 1st Nov 18, Church Hill Nigel, Moyclare Rose 23rd.

5. Edwin & Robert Jones – Keenagh Bruno, 372222238150371, 20th Oct 18, Keenagh L-Jay, Lislaughtin Alma 9.

1st Place in Class 9, Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: ‘Appel 1 Mighty’ with breeder John Appelbe, Cork & Judge Non Throne.
2nd Place in Class 9, Reserve Senior Male Champion: ‘Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock’ with Hugh P. Murray & Breeder Michael Farrell, Westmeath.

Class 10: Bull Calf born on or between 15th November & 14th January 2019.

Sponsor: Slaney Foods Int.

1. Sinead Conry – Rathnollag Ted, 372219265960842, 15th Dec 18, Trillick George, Castleroberts Stephanie 220.

2. Mark Hyland – Hillockpoll 1 Buster, 372214824480534, 15th Dec 18, Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, Hillockpoll 1 Michaela

3. Eamon & John McKiernan – Knockmanta 1 Handsome, 372216014630847, 20th Dec 18, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Knockmanta 1 Ethel.

4. John Farrell – Boyanna Storm, 372213068251073, 12th Dec 18, Boyanna Rambler, Boyanna Mollie.

5. Sarah Murray -Shiloh-Farm Foreman, 372215248660564, 4th Dec 18, Shiloh-Farm Dynamite, Shiloh-Farm Adorable Lady ET.

1st Place in Class 10 – ‘Rathnollag Ted’ with breeder Sinead Conry, Westmeath.
2nd Place in Class 10: ‘Hillockpoll 1 Buster’ , bred by Mark Hyland, Leitrim.
4th Place in Class 10: ‘Boyanna Storm’ with breeder John Farrell.

Class 11: Bull Calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.

Sponsor:  Animax

1. Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Kodak Moment ET, 372226228410404, 1st Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

2. John & Beatrice Appelbe – Appel 1 Shergar, 372214625751685, 25th Feb 19, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1 Faith.

3. Trevor Dudley – Kilsunny Pierre, 372219778781804, 20th Feb 19, Clooncullane King 322, Kilsunny Lass Josslyn

1st Place in Class 11, Reserve Junior Male Champion: Herberry 1 Kodak Moment Et‘ with breeder Veronica Brennan, Tipperary.

Class 12: Bull Calf born on or between 15th March & 14th May 2019.

Sponsor: Dovea Genetics

1. JJ Farrell – Trillick Chesney, 372213272092133, 15th Apr 19, Glaslough Rooney, Cill Cormaic Kaz.

2. Sean McKiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Henry 033, 372214481671033, 20th Apr 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 574.

3. Elisa Drumm – Crowenstown De Bromhead, 372223810230010, 19th Apr 19, Allowdale Ribstone 436 ET, Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy.

4. Noel Whelan – Ballynaltybay Bruno, 372212162630864, 25th Mar 19, Cill Cormaic Kasper, Kilsunny Doreens Nico.

5. John Jones – Airhill Riley, 372214494921300, 18th Apr 19, Cill Cormaic Napoleon, Airhill Iris.

1st Place in Class 11, Reserve Supreme Champion & Junior Male Champion: ‘Trillick Chesney‘ with breeder Ciaran Farrell, Longford.

Class 13: Bull Calf of the future, born from May 15th 2019 onwards.

Sponsor:  ABP

1. Edwin & Robert Jones – Keenagh Pedro, 372222238190391, 3rd Jul 19, Keenagh L-Jay, Keenagh Lavender.

Bull Calf of the Future: ‘Keenagh Pedro’, bred by Edwin & Robert Jones, Longford.

Our team of Young Handlers; Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie were also out in force on Sunday from early morning as they washed, dried, clipped, groomed & dressed animals for all breeders who wanted an extra hand.
Each of the team also led animals in both the Show for themselves and other exhibitors. The team are now gearing up for their travels down under where they will represent Ireland in the Young Handlers competition at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next March 2020.

Young Handlers; Michael Barrett, Sinead Conry, Katie Brady & Eoin Lynch.

A massive congratulations also to our Young Handler; Sinead Conry, Rathnollag Herefords in Roscommon, on being crowned Macra na Feirme ‘Queen of the Land 2019’, last Sunday also in the Bridge House, Tullamore.

Sinead Conry showcasing her ‘Queen of the Land’ Sash with ‘Rathnollag Ted’ who won first prize in class 10

Well done to John O’Dwyer, Scarragh Herefords, Tipperary, on winning the People’s Commercial Champion when he correctly judged the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Commercial winners as per Padraig Farrell’s judgement. John won a box of meat which was kindly sponsored by Irish Hereford Prime.

Well done to all exhibitors on the day & Many thanks to all the generous sponsors, who make this show possible; Farm Wardrobe, ABP, Animax, Dovea Genetics, Greenvale Animal Feeds, GVM Marts, Hereford Prime, Hugh Mulvihill Auctioneer, Lakeland Dairies, Progressive Genetics & Slaney Foods International.

Upcoming Events.

The Premier Spring Show & Sale will be held in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 28th March 2020. Entries close 1 month before the date of Sale.