Patrick graduated from Bangor University in 1987 with a degree in agriculture. After a year travelling he returned to the family farm in Northamptonshire and to his passions of rugby and sheep. The farm is now dominated by 1250 ewes and ewe lambs, a North Country Mule core flock crossed with NZ Suffolk to produce ewe lambs for the main flock. Charolais terminal sires then supply the desired product. Rugby completes the picture, although Patrick confesses that he is too ancient to play, he does enjoy coaching a junior team to keep his hand in!