Heritage Breed: KuneKune Pigs
Welcome to our new Blog. In our blogs we will explore the amazing, grazing KuneKune Pigs and share our daily lives of living with these docile creatures.
So what are KuneKune Pigs?
KuneKune Pigs are a rare, heritage breed of grazing pigs that are extremely unique in their temperament, friendliness, size and characteristics. These little pigs are fairly new to the United States and are growing in many niche markets. KuneKunes serve many purposes from pets, breeding stock to sustainable agriculture.
KuneKunes come in a wide array of colors; ginger, black/white, brown/white, black, brown, cream, and my favorite ginger/black. One characteristic of KuneKunes is their distinct wattles under their jowls. They are called “Piri Piri” in New Zealand and here in the USA, we call them wattles. They are two pieces of flesh under the jowl of the pig, similar to goats. Some breeders call them tassels. We will explore more about the inheritance of wattles in later blogs.
KuneKunes are true grazers who prefer to spend their days grazing and exploring pastures as well as woods. They require very little in the way of supplementation making them well suited for small scale farmers. They are not prone to rooting as they want to eat the grass and not tear it up. KuneKunes tend to be very clean creatures, mostly pooping along fence lines as they want to save the grass for grazing.
KuneKunes are affectionate, friendly, docile little pigs. They will flop over for a belly rub at just a simple touch. They get along well with other animals and other animals seem to accept them easily. I can let my 1-year-old granddaughter and 3-year-old granddaughter romp in the pastures with our full intact boars, without any fear of harm coming to them. The children even try to ride the pigs sometimes. Even during the farrowing process (delivering babies), moms don’t seem to mind the children watching and being around their newborn piglets.
New Born Piglets
Over the next few blogs we will explore more in depth looks at the breed, care, farrowing, feeding, housing and fencing of these fantastic pigs. I do hope you will join me again on our next blog.