Starting or Expanding a Hog Farm

Scroll down this page for more information on starting or expanding a hog farm. To discuss your options, contact Grant Melnychuk, Manager of Planning & Sustainable Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-235-2309.

Click here to see Swine Cost of Production Models, prepared for Manitoba Pork by MNP.

Click here to use Alberta Pork's Hog Price Calculator, developed by Alberta Pork with technical support and funding from the Canadian Pork Council.

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 sector 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.

Farm Building User Guide: Updates to the Manitoba Building Code (May 2017)

Nutrient Management Regulation

Livestock Technical Review: Government of Manitoba's Livestock Technical Review webpage.

Technical Review Regulation

For information on local development plan and zoning by-laws, contact Grant Melnychuk, Manager of Planning and Sustainable Development, at 204-235-2309 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Study: Mitigation of accelerated deterioration of pig buildings (Prairie Swine Centre, October 2018)

Synopsis: When we look across the Canadian swine sector it becomes apparent that due to the age of most facilities a large percentage will need to be replaced or renovated over the next few years – as most buildings average between 20-30 years old. The majority of production units are completely enclosed, utilizing a negative pressure ventilation system to maintain pig comfort. In order to reduce heating costs during winter months, ventilation is generally turned down to a minimum ventilation rate. The combination of minimum ventilation and, in some areas high winds, causes exhaust air to recirculate within the facility leading to poor air quality. This in turn increases deterioration due to increased exposure to moisture and corrosive gases. This project, commissioned by Prairie Swine Centre, set out to determine Canadian specific strategies for decreasing barn deterioration. Click here to read more.

Detailed Budget Estimates to Construct New Facilities

At the request of Manitoba Pork, DGH Engineering Ltd. has prepared a detailed budget estimate to construct new facilities in today’s market conditions, using a typical 5400 head nursery barn, 1600 and 3200 head farrow wean barns, and 2000 and 4000 head finisher barns as models. These cost estimates are intended as reference guides only; actual construction costs will vary. Click on the following links to view the reports and appendices.  

Nursery Barn

Farrow Wean Barn

1600 Head Hog Farrow Wean 

3200 Head Hog Farrow Wean

Finisher Barn

2000 Head Hog Finisher

4000 Head Hog Finisher

4000 Head Hog Finisher with Deep Pit Manure Storage

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


Grant Melnychuk
Manager of Planning & Sustainable Development
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Manitoba Pork represents 613 Manitoba hog farms

Manitoba Pork

Manitoba Pork’s office at 28 Terracon Place is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, please minimize person-to-person contact by emailing or phoning in requests for information, ear tags, and other resources. Contact us by phone, fax, email or regular mail.

Tel: 204-237-7447
Fax: 204-237-9831

28 Terracon Place
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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