How to Upgrade the Barn in Harvest Moon Back to Nature
How to Upgrade the Barn in Harvest Moon Back to Nature

The barn is a building in the game where you can keep farm animals like cows and sheep. Gotz from the Woodcutter’s House can upgrade and expand the barn if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have the Chicken Coop upgrade
  • Have the House upgrade

Once you meet the requirements, you can upgrade the barn when you provide him with the following materials:

  • 500 Lumber
  • 6800 G

The barn’s expansion gives you room for more animals and lets you place machines to make new products.

The Barn

Interior view of the regular barn. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Interior view of the regular barn.

The normal barn can house a maximum of ten animals. Any cows and sheep you buy from Barley at Yodel Ranch get transferred here automatically.

The normal barn comes with ten feed boxes for your animals, a feed dispenser where you can collect fodder, and a shipping bin where you can ship products like milk and wool from inside the barn.

Animals

Healthy cows produce milk every day. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Healthy cows produce milk every day.

Adult cows that are fed daily and are in good health will produce milk daily. You can collect milk by using the milker on adult cows. The quality of milk depends on the cow’s affection.

Cows that win the Cow Festival competition will produce Golden Milk (Milk G).

Milk QualityPriceCow Affection Level
Milk S100G1-3 Hearts
Milk M150G4-7 Hearts
Milk L200G8-10 Hearts
Milk G300GWin the Cow Festival
More animals equals more profit. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
More animals equals more profit, but also more daily work to do. Manage your time efficiently.

Adult sheep produce wool every seven days. Same with other animals, the quality of wool depends on their affection levels. Any sheep that has won the Sheep Festival contest will produce Golden Wool (Wool G).

Wool QualityPriceSheep Affection Level
Wool S100G1-3 Hearts
Wool M400G4-7 Hearts
Wool L500G8-10 Hearts
Wool G600GWin the Sheep Festival

Barn Expansion

Interior view of the upgraded barn. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Interior view of the upgraded barn.

You must first upgrade the chicken coop and your house before you can upgrade the barn. For the two upgrades, you need 790 lumber and 9700G. Gotz can upgrade the house after he completes the chicken coop expansion.

Once you’ve upgraded both the chicken coop and your house, Gotz can upgrade your barn next. For the barn expansion, he will require 500 lumber and 6800G. The upgrade process takes 3 days to complete.

The upgraded barn has room for up to twenty animals. It comes with an additional feed dispenser and ten feed boxes. After upgrading the barn, Saibara will sell you a cheese maker and a yarn maker.

Benefits of the Barn Expansion

More Animals

A healthy sheep. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A healthy sheep.

As long as you keep your cows healthy, they can be a reliable source of income because they produce milk every day. With a barn full of healthy adult cows, you can earn 4000 G each day by selling milk.

Tip: Although sheep’s wool is more expensive than milk, you can only harvest it once every week. Since you can get milk from cows every day, having a barn full of cows is considerably more profitable.

Cheese Maker

The cheese maker converts milk into cheese. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The cheese maker converts milk into cheese.

Once the barn has finished upgrading and you have purchased the mayonnaise maker from Saibara, the cheese maker becomes available. Saibara needs 1 adamantite ore and 5000G to build the cheese maker. It takes 5 days to finish.

Put milk in the cheese maker to create cheese. The quality of the cheese will increase depending on the quality of the milk used.

Milk QualityCheese QualityPrice
Milk SCheese S300G
Milk MCheese M400G
Milk LCheese L500G
Milk GCheese G600G

Tip: Put milk in the machine every day to make cheese if you want to make lots of gold. Cheese sells for a higher price than milk, and it is effortless to make.

Yarn Ball Maker

The yarn maker converts wool into yarn balls. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The yarn maker converts wool into yarn balls.

Saibara will sell you the yarn maker after you’ve purchased the cheese maker. It costs 20000 G and one adamantite ore. It also takes five days to build.

Tossing wool in the machine will produce a yarn ball. A yarn ball sells for more gold than regular wool. Its quality depends on the quality of the wool used.

Wool QualityYarn Ball QualityPrice
Wool SYarn Ball S300G
Yarn Ball MYarn Ball M700G
Yarn Ball LYarn Ball L800G
Yarn Ball GYarn Ball G1000G

Second House Expansion

View of the second house expansion. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
View of the second house expansion.

Gotz can start building the second house expansion after upgrading the barn. It unlocks the bedroom with an additional bed. This is a requirement to marry someone in the game.