KuneKune Pigs: A Hardy Homestead Breed
The Amazing Grazing Pigs
for Small-Scale Farming Operations
KuneKune pigs are making their way into small scale farming operations across the country. You may ask yourself what makes these pigs so special … the simple answer is everything! This breed is extremely friendly, docile, and easy to handle. First-time pig farmers are just amazed at how easy they truly are. Plus, KuneKune pigs come in a variety of colors; ginger/black, black/ginger, ginger, cream, black/white, brown/white, and more. The combinations give them a very distinct look and sets them apart from other breeds.
If you’re looking to start free range pig farming, look no further than KuneKune pigs. They are easy on the environment and prefer to grass instead of rooting up the earth. They are made to graze with a short snout unlike other breeds making them very efficient grazing machines. The fact that they do not require much in the way of supplementary grains makes them very cost effective as well.
The pork that they produce is a succulent red marbled meat locked in a layer of fat around it keeping it juicy and locking in the flavor. Sure they are slower to mature, but if you’re raising pig for meat, their pork is so worth the wait. From bacon to BBQ, feeding your family from the KuneKune pigs that you raise yourself gives you a great sense of pride.
KuneKune pigs are very easy going and social creatures. They will run to greet you when they hear you come to the pastures. They enjoy human interaction and will plop for a belly rub at a moment’s notice. They are fantastic with chickens, ducks, goats, cats, and dogs. Children are delighted to hear them “speak” to you during feeding time.
Unlike most other breeds, KuneKune pigs have wattles. They are called Piri Piri in their original land of New Zealand. These are similar to goat wattles and hang just under the jowl. They are born with and without wattles. The inheritance of these wattles appears to have no rhyme or reason. You can mate two double wattled Kunes and get both double wattled and unwattled offspring. You can mate two unwattled Kunes together and get double wattled animals.
KuneKune pigs are a mid-size pig weighing 200-400 pounds (boars would be on the higher end and females on the lower end) and 24-36 inches tall. This is usually about to your knee. (Of course, this can vary depending on how much you feed them.) Kune Kune means“fat and round” in the Maori language and that is exactly what they are!