New recruit joins team at Hexham; FARMING.
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HEXHAM and Northern Marts has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new trainee auctioneer and fieldsman.
Drew Patrick, 23, hails from South Wales, although his family have connections with the north of England through beef and sheep breeding, as well as livestock haulage.
Mr Patrick, who has a BSc in agriculture from Harper Adams University, comes to the Hexham-based livestock sales and land agency business after a nine-month spell at ABP, where he gained experience of the abattoir and deadweight industry.
Hexham and Northern managing director Robert Addison, who is also secretary of the Dick Harrison Trust, which assists those training in the industry, said: "Drew is enthusiastic, capable and personable - attributes that will stand him in good stead as the seventh member of the auctioneering team at Hexham.
"We are building on the team and we want to encourage livestock auctioneers for the future."
Mr Patrick was introduced to the world of agriculture at early age, since his parents, Howard and Jen, had a livestock haulage business based in Herefordshire, through which many friendships and business relationships were formed with those in the north of England and elsewhere in the UK.
They now run a beef and sheep farm in Haverfordwest, West Wales.
Keen to get a practical education, Mr Patrick went on to gain a Diploma in Agriculture at Gelli Aur College in Carmarthenshire before his four-year degree course at Harper Adams.
While there, he received the university's award for Beef and Sheep Student of the Year, earned for a project involving the planning of a restructure and business development for a beef and sheep unit.
During his gap year, he worked as stockman and was buying and selecting stock for slaughter at J & J Burnett in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which finishes 5,500 cattle a year.
After completing university, he worked for nine months at ABP Ellesmere, gaining experience in the boning hall and learning the retail side of the business, while also working in the lairage at Shrewsbury and Sturminster Newton in Dorset.
Mr Patrick, who is the Welsh regional secretary for the Charolais Society, said: "I have wanted to be a livestock auctioneer since a young age and this appointment at Hexham was an opportunity not to be missed - and in a region I already know, "I hope to bring my enthusiasm for the beef and sheep industries as well as what I have learned working with ABP and the detailed requirements needed for deadweight and supermarket sales to my work with Hexham and Northern."
Outside work, Mr Patrick is a member of Bellingham Young Farmers' Club and is hoping to join Tynedale Rugby Club.
Hexham<Band Northern Marts managing director Robert Addison, left, with trainee auctioneer and fieldsman Drew Patrick
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jun 8, 2015|
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