Farming in Dingwall
In 2007 John bought his own farm at the edge of Dingwall.
Under the guidance of his father Kenny Mckenzie (former managing director of Dingwall Auction Mart) John has been building up a range of livestock, including Belted Galloway cows, British Saddleback pigs, Zwartble sheep, hens and Alpacas.
Recent developments on the farm include the completion of the 3-in-1 farm building; this will be used as living quarters for the new Distillery member of staff, along with housing our new "whisky learning centre". To further our green credentials, we've added some extra 18kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels to the cattle roof shed (installed by Korrie Electrical and JC Cameron) and a lovely new log biomass system (installed and commissioned by RI Cruden). Finally, the Power House has been completed. Many thanks to all the hard work by JC Cameron.
John's farming roots can be traced back to his great grandfather, Kenneth Mckenzie of Evanton. Still seen working on some farms to this day is the famous Mckenzie Turnip Cutter invented by his great grandfather before the second world war.
During the war when agricultural machinery parts were scarce Hector Mckenzie who was the youngest son was renowned throughout the Highlands as a Agricultural Engineer of considerable skill in getting jobs done.
A distillery on a farm
The planned Glen Wyvis Distillery and buildings are to be located on the farm which would in turn use the by-products from distilling whisky.