Starting or Expanding a Hog Barn

New Barn Development

NOTE: It is anticipated that the barn approval system will be undergoing significant changes. 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.

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

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

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

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

Technical Review Regulation

Manitoba Pork represents 613 Manitoba hog farms