Building a $2.5 million dairy barn the local way

For the Howes of Vankleek Hill, using local contractors was the key to a successful barn construction project. And the many visitors that came to see it were also impressed


When the Howes family of Vankleek Hill began rebuilding their dairy barn in July after a fire destroyed their old one, equipment and more than half their herd last spring, Leonard says he was expecting some glitches along the way.

But there weren’t any. Construction of the new 327-foot-long by 98-foot-wide free stall barn went “really smoothly,” he says, noting he’s pleased with the end result and how well the contractors and equipment dealers all worked together.

Better Farming - May 2011