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Feather sector’s on-farm upgrade program underway

Applications now being accepted for funding

The federal free trade compensation program to help Canada’s poultry and egg producers pay for on-farm upgrades, renovations and improvements is now taking applications. The $646.8 million, 10-year Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is now formally underway, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Monday. Each eligible Canadian producer is entitled to an amount proportional

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Diesel prices, carbon tax cause headaches for farmers

MarketsFarm — Crude oil prices have been steadily on the rise since last November as oil-producing nations implement production cuts and Canadian farmers already affected by climbing diesel prices will have to dig deeper into their wallets this April. On April 1, the federal government’s carbon levy on diesel will go up from 8.05 cents


The one-metre side wall fans are angled at 22 degrees and spaced every three metres providing one fan for every four beds.

New hybrid barn solves ventilation challenge

A new take on free-stall barn design meets its functionality goals

One of the most difficult decisions dairy farmers face when building a new free-stall barn is determining the best ventilation system for the facility. A building can be ventilated naturally by putting a hole in the roof and allowing air to come in through the side, while the cow heats the air up. A barn

Jeff and Sheila Elder with their red, “Eaton’s barn,” which stands just north of Wawanesa, Manitoba.

Preserving vanishing Prairie barns a difficult row to hoe

One Wawanesa-area family has already sunk thousands of dollars into saving their heritage barns but fear the structures will succumb to the elements

A barn sits in a barley field, gambrel roofed, stained with red iron oxide. It could be one of dozens scattered over the more than two-hour drive from Winnipeg to Wawanesa, but to Sheila and Jeff Elder, this one is special. On the peak facing the road, it says “Maplegrove Farm 1913” in big white

In Your Co-operator this Week: June 6

In Your Co-operator this Week: June 6

Allan Dawson drills down into the numbers on falling farm income and deciphers what it actually means for Manitoba farmers. Among other things he found some cause for hope, including the fact farmers are entering this downturn from a strong position and that some commodities still saw rising cash receipts. Alexis Stockford looks at what’s


Manitoba’s pork producers say building code changes recognize what barns are, rather than treating them as factories occupied by humans.

Barn building code changes under fire after blaze

Hog Watch Manitoba is concerned that proposed building code changes will decrease fire safety; 
the province and pork industry don’t agree

Manitoba Pork is standing by the province’s proposed building code changes, even as advocacy group Hog Watch Manitoba argues they might increase the risk of hog barn fires. In January 2017, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced plans to repeal the Farm Building Code and instead roll farm structures into the provincial building code. The changes


Retired East St. Paul businessman John Ness builds replica barns and children’s toy barns as a hobby. The octagonal barn is a replica of a rare eight-sided barn still standing near Bethany, Manitoba.

Whimsical replicas bring out the kid in all of us, says hobby builder

East St. Paul retiree John Ness’s interest in tiny barn replicas began with a toy barn he built for his grandson

You don’t need to be a farmer to appreciate a well-built barn. Just ask retired East St. Paul businessman John Ness, or the curious visitors drawn to his replicas on display at farm toy shows. Ness’s display includes tiny toy barns kids love to play with, and replicas that the bigger ‘kids’ who flock to


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Co-operator barn series revival

Do you know this barn?

If you do, a Manitoban historian wants to hear from you. In early 1981 the Co-operator worked with provincial Manitoba Historic Resources Branch staff to photograph and publish a series on rural buildings in Manitoba. Each week a photo and a story was published about why each of the buildings were rare or unusual. Now

Found it!

This sturdy 88×30-foot specimen is one example of a barn from the 1980s series that Goldsborough was able to find. It stands in excellent condition, almost as straight and true as when it was constructed in 1927 for Jean Comte of the Notre Dame de Lourdes area. Sitting on two-foot-thick limestone walls, the barn is now