2015-06-08  

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Drew Adds to Hexham Mart’s Auctioneering Team

Hexham and Northern Marts has strengthened its livestock auctioneering team with the appointment of Drew Patrick.

Drew, aged 23, has joined the Hexham based livestock sales business and land agency as a trainee auctioneer and fieldsman.

Robert Addison, left, and Drew Patrick

Hexham and Northern managing director Robert Addison, left, and Drew Patrick

From South Wales and born in Herefordshire, Drew and his family have many connections with the north of England through beef and sheep breeding and livestock haulage.

And, latterly, since gaining a BSc in agriculture at Harper Adams University, Drew has been gaining experience of the abattoir and deadweight industry, working for ABP.

Hexham and Northern managing director Robert Addison, said: "Drew is an 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 Addison is a former chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) and he is secretary of the Dick Harrison Trust which assists people with training to be livestock auctioneers or land agents.

Drew's parents Howard and Jen run a beef and sheep farm in Haverfordwest, West Wales, but prior to that that they had a livestock haulage business based in Herefordshire which generated many family friends and contacts in the north and across the UK.

They currently run a herd of pedigree Charolais cattle and Drew's interest in the breed has led to him take on the role of Welsh regional secretary for the Charolais Cattle society.

Keen to get practical education, after school Drew gained a Diploma in Agriculture at Gelli Aur College in Carmarthenshire before embarking on his four year degree course at Harper Adams.

During his time at Harper Adams he received the university's award for Beef and Sheep Student of the Year which involved making a plan to re-structure and develop the business 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, Newark, Nottinghamshire, which finishes 5,500 cattle a year.

During his National Diploma at Gelli Aur college, he worked on farms in Northumberland - John Campbell's Rosebrough, Alnwick, and Bill Telford's Fawdon Farms at Powburn, lambing and helping prepare pedigree stock for the sales.

After finishing university he worked for nine months at ABP Ellesmere, gaining experience in the boning hall and learning the retail side of the business, and also working in the lairage at Shrewsbury and Sturminster Newton in Dorset.

"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,” said Drew.

"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, Drew has become a member of Bellingham Young Farmers’ Club and he is hoping to join Tynedale Rugby Club.

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