A huge fire at one of Manitoba's largest dairy farms has resulted in the deaths of about 800 cattle.

The fire broke out early this morning (August 12th) at Pennwood Dairy, which is northeast of Steinbach.

About 60 firefighters from the Steinbach, La Broquerie, Blumenort, New Bothwell and Ste. Anne fire departments all responded to fight the blaze at 36168 Clearsprings Road, at around 5:00 a.m.

It's reported that the dairy barn represents approximately 2.5 per cent of Manitoba milk production. 

No employees were in the building at the time of the fire and they were able to save about 200 cattle.

No estimates on the damage value have been provided and we'll have more as we can.