Recognition Award Winner
Year of Award: 2008
Original Use: Dairy
Current Use: Calving, Hay
When Todd and Mary Kay Wegener bought their 300-acre farm in north central Iowa ten years ago, one of the buildings that came with the property was an old dairy barn. The barn was built in the late 1900s, and initially the Wegeners used the barn to house their fattening hogs. It wasn't until their children started raising 4-H calves, that the hogs were moved out to make more room.
Work included re-covering the metal roof, rebuilding the cupola, replacing deteriorated vertical board and batten siding and repainting. All of the barn's doors and windows were also replaced in the rehab. The Wegeners received a grant from the Iowa Barn Foundation to cover half of the $19,000 total cost of the project.
"We both grew up on farms and remember the fun we had as children, playing and working in the barn," says Mary Kay. The Wegeners decided to complete the repairs made to the barn at the same time that their children brought the 4-H calves in. After seeing her own family's barn be torn down Mary Kay says that they wanted to fix the barn, "before it was too late."