At Mackie’s we are committed to good environmental stewardship and our company vision is to be a Scottish global brand from the greenest company in Britain created by people having fun.
We appreciate the beauty of our Aberdeenshire countryside home and we want to have a successful sustainable business, one that is self-sufficient in renewable energy and which takes care of the land, wildlife, farm animals, staff and local environment in the best way possible.
Here are some of the things we are doing, to do our bit for the environment:
Our main source of renewable energy is the wind, we have four wind turbines with a total capacity of 3 MW. We have also installed a 10 acre site of solar panels with capacity of 1.8 MW in addition to a smallar array of solar panels on the byre roof and a further 400 kW of heating power for the office and houses comes from our biomass plant. This provides a good mix of power types - all working towards our aim to be self sufficient in energy and remove our dependence on fossil fuel all together.
At Mackie’s we have our own water source and recycle all the wash-down water back into the slurry lagoon for spreading back on the land. The cows also drink the clean waste water.
The slurry from the cows is pumped up to the slurry lagoon on top of the hill and mixed with the waste water. It is then used as natural fertiliser and spread on our fields via four miles of pipework on the farm. This reduces the amount of commercial fertiliser products that have to be bought and saves on the fossil fuels used to manufacture it.