Starting or Expanding a Hog Barn

New Barn Development

Note: It is anticipated that significant changes to the barn approval system will be happening throughout 2017. We will keep this webpage up-to-date as changes occur.

Click here for Manitoba Pork’s step-by-step guide – Starting or Expanding a Pig Farm in Manitoba - Aug 2016 – to help you navigate the approval and regulatory processes for starting or expanding a pig farm in Manitoba.

If you would like to discuss this information further, contact Mike Teillet, Manitoba Pork’s Manager of Sustainable Development, at 204-235-2309 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the request of Manitoba Pork, DGH Engineering Ltd. has prepared a detailed budget estimate to construct new hog finisher facilities in today’s market conditions, using a typical 1600 and 3200 head farrow wean barns, and 2000 and 4000 head finisher barns as models. These costs estimates are intended as reference guides only; actual construction costs will vary. Click on the following links to view the reports and appendices. (Note: Costings for a nursery barn coming soon.)


1600 Head Hog Farrow Wean Barn


2000 Head Hog Finisher Barn


3200 Head Hog Farrow Wean Barn


4000 Head Hog Finisher Barn

Note that this material includes a design that must be submitted to the Office of the Fire Commissioner to get a building permit and a permit from Manitoba Hydro.


4000 Head Hog Finisher Barn with Deep Pit Manure Storage


Manitoba Hydro Interpretation of Classification of Livestock Barns for Electrical Code – Aug 2016


Click on the links below for the Manitoba legislation and regulations governing the building or expanding of pig farms in Manitoba:

The Planning Act: This legislation has some rules which regulate the swine industry from a locational perspective.

The Provincial Planning Regulation: This regulation contains specific rules related to sizes and location of hog operations as regulated under The Planning Act.

Nutrient Management Regulation

Technical Review Regulation