Jo Mackenzie


Pumpkin picking could be a real treat

October 19, 2019

Some readers may recall from previous columns that Halloween is a pretty big deal in our household. And this year, we have embraced All Hallows’ Eve even more so by making October a month-long celebration of the spooky festival.


Jo Mackenzie: Spending Easter away from the farm

April 16, 2017

It may be my memory playing tricks on me, but for several years now we have enjoyed fantastic weather over the Easter break. I certainly have photographs of Daisy since age three in a paddling pool at home, on the beach at Findhorn and, last year, playing lawn games at my Mum and Stepdad's in Cromarty.


Jo Mackenzie: Gearing up for dairy robots

February 19, 2017

Last time I mentioned that the future of dairying would appear to be going robotic. It is the way we are going here at Rootfield and if the level of demand for leading robot manufacturer Lely's machines are anything to go by, so are many other British dairy farms.


Opinion: Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

July 20, 2016

I am usually a big fan of the "staycation" - no hanging around airports, no changing currency and no worrying about squeezing into a bathing suit - but its success for me rather hinges on the great British weather, which has thus far not been so great.