KuneKunes for Sale

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We never Inbree​d

We use unrelated lines during each mating season to ensure outcrossing of our litters.

offering only low COI stock

Committed to adhering to COI breeding practices, breeding for 7% or less

offering all breeding line​s

We breed 16 sow lines and 10 boar lines to ensure outcrossing and a low COI.

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Small farms might do well to consider kunekune pigs, which are called "cooney cooney" in English. The Maori word kunekune translates to "fat and round" in English. These medium-sized pigs with tasseled coats and mild dispositions are native to New Zealand. No one knows for sure, but Indonesian pigs with these markings are likely a hybrid of Berkshire, Poland China, and maybe Gloucester Old Spots.

Males may reach weights of 200 to 250 pounds while females typically weigh 100 to 175 pounds. They avoid rooting and don't tackle fences because of their small, turned-up noses. Kunekunes are a great breed to have on hand when grain prices are rising since they are grazing pigs and can thrive with few inputs. Kunekune pork is so good that it has been praised by Los Angeles's finest chefs.

sows and piglets
There is no smell, no noise, and Kunekunes are completely kid-friendly. People of all ages like coming to visit, and it makes the neighborhood happy.
In a semi-rural setting inside Olympia, Washington's development management zone, my husband and I raise our Kunekunes. Our 4-acre property is bordered by almost a dozen neighbors. Our pastures are suitable for two boars, eight sows, and piglets, according to the county conservation agency. However, eight sows may be kept in captivity by only one boar.

Kunekune pig feeding
Throughout the spring and summer, we move our pigs to one of five pastures, changing them every other day. The amount and quality of the available pasture determine whether supplementation is required. Every morning and night, we supplement each pig's diet with around 2 cups of organic mixed grain, which has about 15% protein. Here in western Washington, grass only has sufficient protein levels for five months of the year. Even less may be accessible if towering evergreens cast their shadow. We incorporate alfalfa pellets and produce scraps onto the pasture after it stops growing in late summer.

We get 25 gallons of organic am­ber ale swill (the non-alcoholic byproduct of brewing) including yeast and enzymes every week from a nearby brewery. Friends of ours give us free apples and pears every autumn. Pigs will devour most garden produce, with the exception of garlic and onions. They particularly like potatoes, beets, and carrots as veggies. We give them spoiled food and store perishables in the fridge, but the farm dog gets first dibs on any leftover meat.

In the winter, when kunekunes are not out on pasture, it is best to feed them alfalfa hay. Because they are easy to feed and produce no byproducts, alfalfa pellets are our preferred choice. For the sake of the pigs' well-being and to avoid inhaling any residual pesticides in the dust, we exclusively buy organic grain and pellets. We also appreciate that organic grain does not often include any GMOs. The marketing of organically-fed pigs may make up for the higher price tag compared to conventional feed.

KUNEKUNE PIGS HOUSING
Shelter from rain is still necessary for pigs on grassland. Fortunately, we were able to get some carbon-fiber rocket fuselage scraps from a budding space travel firm; they will serve as fantastic shelters. Part of the paddock and each pasture have their own designated area. Outside of rainstorms, pigs often slumber. For warmth and energy conservation, they often remain in a pile.

sanctuary for swine
Making a rain shelter out of recycled materials is an inexpensive and eco-friendly option.
Even though they have access to a gravel pasture outside, our pigs spend the winter months slumbering inside the barn. Soil compaction may be avoided by removing them from pasture during the wet season. When confined, ruminants defecate on their bedding, whereas pigs do not. If the piglets are born chilly, the Kunekunes will not need additional heat. Care must be used while installing heat lamps to avoid igniting the barn due to a poorly hung or broken light.

Kunema Pig Breeding and Care
As they mature slowly, kunekunes wait a long period before becoming burdened with a litter of piglets. It can take another six months before they show any interest in mating, even though they reach sexual maturity between five and eight months. Developing self-assurance is a process that takes men a while. "Excuse me, madam, but your scent is really enticing," they would remark in their made-up story. Do you really think that would be a good idea? Absolutely not. It breaks my heart. I sincerely apologize. I'm sorry, but I'm going to take a little snooze here. But when baby gets older, he'll start babbling in her ear constantly and roaring like a grizzly bear.

While my husband and I were in the barn tending to our goat's first litter of babies, we overheard Newton, our boar, and Shiva, our gilt, having an animated discussion about pigs. The Indian scientist and agronomist Vandana Shiva is the inspiration behind the name Shiva. Her novels, Stolen Harvest and Soil Not Oil, are fantastic. The next three and a half months, Shiva was blessed with the birth of seven beautiful piglets.


A vibrant purebred Kunekunes nursing at six weeks of age.
A sow will construct an attractive nest from of grass and branches of trees if allowed to remain on pasture until the end of gestation. Two days before giving birth and for a few days after the piglets are born, she will remain beneath the nest.

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Small farms and homesteads might benefit from keeping kunekune pigs. Here you may find a printable PDF with some basic information on the KuneKune pig breed, provided by our friends at the American KuneKune Pig Society. Including:

Background and genealogy; Breed traits; KuneKune dietary requirements; that and more.
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Lawn Maintenance
The hooves of pigs should be trimmed at least twice a year. Two healthy adults, five minutes, and some goat hoof trimmers are all that's needed for this.

Taking the pig that needs trimming and separating it from the others is the simplest method to accomplish it. To begin, you must scratch the pig's belly until it falls over. Ask someone to assist you with the belly scratching. Squat down beside the pig, reach beneath it, and grasp the two legs on the opposite side if it refuses to lie down. On the ground, lay a handful of grain. The pig may be rolled onto its back by pulling its legs toward itself. As soon as the pig turns over, take both of its front legs and cross them over its body. With your back to the pig, face it head-on, and put a foot on each side of its shoulder. Stay away from the rear legs; doing so can result in a kick.

To make sure the nail is even with the nail pad and smooth off any rough spots, use the hoof trimmer on goats. Devein the dew claws by trimming off their sharp edges. Doing all four hooves will take no more than five minutes at the most. Release the front legs and dismount the pig. The pig deserves a piece of fruit and some nice scratching as a reward. Take a moment to relax your back before proceeding to the next one.

Worming and vaccinations
When it comes to protecting pigs against erysipelas, parvo, atrophic rhinitis, and certain forms of pneumonia, some Northwest veterinarians have suggested Rhini Shield TX4. You should absolutely vaccinate your pigs at least a few weeks before you take them to a fair where there will be other pigs.

Worming, which is more accurately described as de-worming, is primarily useful for one reason: it guarantees that you are raising pigs and not worms. From the ground, pigs retrieve worm eggs. During the winter months, lung worms may lead to pneumonia. It is challenging to maintain pigs worm-free, even with consistent pasture rotation. While pigs are awake, their noses are almost always touching the ground; hence, if there are worms in the field, the pigs will eat them. Many people have different views on worming, which might be confusing if you're new to rearing cattle. Resistant worms may result from either over-worming or insufficient worming, while superbugs can be spawned from the incorrect use of antibiotics. If you want to play it safe, talk to your vet.

Tusks of Kunekune
The tusks of a Kunekune hog are quite remarkable. However, they seldom resort to using their tusks as a weapon against other pigs since they are not an aggressive breed. It is not necessary to file down the tusks, even for those who have several boars. Anyone interested in giving it a go may accomplish it using a basic wire tool, which can be found in stores or even built at home. Rumor has it that this is the best way to clip a boar's hooves when he's lying down. Razor his tusks to the gum line. Since the tooth's root is located below the gum line, there will be no discomfort. Once the wire is in the correct place, removing each tusk takes just five to ten seconds using quick back-and-forth sawing. Before you start, be sure that you aren't touching any gum tissue. Perhaps a snare and an upright position might provide better results. Just so you know, I haven't really done any of those things. So far, all I've done is watch it.

The Most Common Errors Made by Kunekune Owners
Your animal's health and fertility will suffer if you overfeed it. Be sure you are feeding your animals the right amount by using online visual guidelines. Underfeeding is another issue I've noticed; some pig owners mistakenly believe their animals can get by on only grass or bread. Porcine nutrition is an important topic, therefore please study up. Unless you feed the pigs the wrong quantity, a pig-specific feed brand will not let you down.

the slumbering piggy
The assumption that Kune-crosses would have the same traits as purebred Kunekunes is another typical blunder. In cross-bred pigs, you're more likely to see rooting and escape tendencies.

A growing number of agricultural interns are eager to learn from seasoned farmers. With the help of a college intern, working on the farm becomes a lot more fun and requires less effort. Fruits, vegetables, and even fresh or frozen meat are common incentives for students to work. A youthful farmhand will be delighted to assist with any task, whether it's brushing the pigs, clipping their hooves, filing their tusks, or worming them. Brushing a Kunekune pig is a pleasure for both of you since they are such loving creatures.

KuneKune Pigs are a breed of grazing pigs that are known for their distinct temperament, friendly nature, and unique size and characteristics. These adorable little pigs have recently made their way to the United States and are gaining popularity in various specialized markets. KuneKunes have a wide range of uses, including being kept as pets, used for breeding, and contributing to sustainable agriculture.

An exceptionally amiable grazer
KuneKunes are available in a variety of colors, including ginger, black/white, brown/white, black, brown, cream, and my personal favorite, ginger/black. KuneKunes have unique wattles located under their jowls. They go by the name "piri piri" in New Zealand, while here in the USA, we refer to them as wattles. They are two parts of the pig's face, resembling those of goats. They are sometimes referred to as tassels by certain breeders.

An adorable mottled black and white kunekune pig and its playful orange piglet
Photo credit: Kathy Petersen
KuneKunes are known for their love of grazing and exploring pastures and woods. They don't need much additional support, which makes them a great fit for small-scale farmers. They have a preference for grazing on grass rather than uprooting it. KuneKunes are known for their cleanliness, often choosing to relieve themselves along fence lines to preserve the grass for grazing.

KuneKunes are known for their loving and gentle nature, making them wonderful companions. They eagerly roll over, craving a gentle belly rub at the slightest touch. They have a natural ability to form harmonious relationships with other animals, effortlessly gaining their acceptance. I feel completely at ease allowing my 1-year-old granddaughter and 3-year-old granddaughter to play freely in the pastures alongside our full intact boars, knowing they are perfectly safe. The kids occasionally attempt to ride the pigs. Even during the process of giving birth, mothers don't seem to be bothered by their offspring observing and being present with their newborn piglets.

During my exploration of a new venture for our small acre farm, I thoroughly examined various animal options. I had explored various options, such as alpacas, goats, miniature cattle, and pigs. While conducting my research on various pig breeds, I stumbled upon an image of a KuneKune pig. I found these little creatures to be absolutely charming. It had never crossed my mind to raise pigs. Now, I am absolutely smitten with this breed of pigs.

One aspect that caught my attention was the rich history of this particular breed. I discovered a lack of information here in the US regarding them, so I had to rely heavily on the New Zealand KuneKune Society and the British KuneKune Society for my research. It all started with my deep fascination for history.

These adorable little pigs were on the brink of disappearing forever. There are various theories surrounding the arrival of these animals in New Zealand, with some suggesting that whalers may have transported them, while others believe that Maori tribes may have brought them back in their canoes. The Maori tribes historically raised KuneKunes for both their meat and lard. Perhaps using the term "keep" is not entirely accurate, as they were given the freedom to roam, yet they chose to remain in close proximity to Maori homes. According to popular belief, this is how they acquired their domesticated and amiable nature.

Two individuals, Michael Willis and John Simister, embarked on a mission to locate these small pigs and initiate a program to restore their population upon discovering that there were fewer than 50 remaining. They faced some challenges in locating only 18, but managed to obtain them through a combination of gifts and purchases. They achieved remarkable success in their recovery breeding program, effectively saving the breed from the verge of extinction.

Pigs of the Kunekune breed can be found in both America and the United Kingdom.
In 1995, Katie Rigby brought KuneKunes all the way from New Zealand to the US and started her own breeding program. Katie had a closed herd and she made sure to only sell spayed and neutered animals as companions. Sadly, the majority of Katie's herd no longer remains.

In 2005, there was yet another import, this time from Great Britain. These imports were made with the intention of establishing a breeding program for KuneKunes in the United States.

In 2010, additional lines were introduced from Great Britain, further enhancing the genetic diversity of the breeding stock.

Tired of dealing with pigs wreaking havoc on your pastures? Let the pigs do the work for you by having them till your garden.

With KuneKunes now present in multiple countries, the breed has successfully established itself, alleviating any concerns of their extinction. In the US, they are gaining popularity and becoming more prevalent in the hearts and farms across the country. They haven't reached all 50 states just yet, but they're making great progress with new herd owners joining every day.

Being involved in the KuneKune community has been incredibly fulfilling for me. It's a wonderful feeling to know that I can contribute to spreading knowledge and preserving the rich history of these amazing animals.

KuneKunes have become incredibly popular among owners all across the United States due to their gentle and sociable nature. They have a wide range of uses, from being kept as pets and therapy animals, to helping out in orchards and gardens (primarily for cleanup), and even serving as pigs for homesteading and breeding purposes. They are gaining popularity among small-scale farmers due to their ease of handling. They trail behind you like loyal companions as you go about your daily tasks. They appreciate socializing with others, yet they also value their independence and don't require constant attention. If you have some spare time, they are more than happy to shower you with affection. And if you're too busy, they'll happily keep themselves entertained by grazing and socializing with each other.

I frequently remind my husband that taking care of the pigs is a breeze compared to the dogs (we also happen to raise Australian shepherds). KuneKunes are known for their quiet nature, resistance to fleas, and their ability to stay outdoors. Oh, and by the way, they don't bark!


It's quite a sight to behold, watching the children joyfully running in the pasture alongside adorable piglets and fully intact breeding KuneKunes. In fact, their playhouse and swing are located in the pasture. The girls enter the playhouse and, to their surprise, the KuneKunes also want to join them. Picture adorable KuneKune pigs playfully tapping on your playhouse door! One day, the gate to my sow's enclosure was accidentally left open. As I was preparing dinner in the kitchen, a sudden and persistent knocking on the door caught my attention. I quickly dried my hands and rushed to the door, sensing the urgency behind the knock. It was quite a surprise to find Sassy at the door. It seemed like she was hinting at wanting to join me for dinner or reminding me about the open gate.

I can efficiently relocate all individuals on my premises to a different area within a remarkably short span of 5 to 10 minutes, without any physical contact with the pig. I'm sure you're curious about how that happens. Well, a box of Honey Nut Cheerios can work wonders when it comes to winning over a KuneKune pig.

There are numerous theories surrounding the origins of the KuneKunes' friendly nature, but one commonly repeated explanation is that the Maori tribes in New Zealand raised them as pigs for meat. There were no restrictions on the animals' movement or confinement. Nevertheless, they were consistently discovered in close proximity to Maori residences. Perhaps this is where they discovered their affection for humans.

So, when you hear about their sweet, docile, and friendly nature, you can truly believe it. It's incredible how effortlessly they can be managed! Come and explore the world of KuneKune pigs by visiting a breeder near you. You'll be captivated by the wonders of this extraordinary breed. However, I must caution you that your life will undergo a significant transformation until you have the privilege of owning your very own KuneKune Pig.

Exploring the world of fencing and housing options for KuneKune pigs
Ensuring the safety of your livestock, be it KuneKunes or any other type, is of utmost importance. We hold the responsibility of keeping them safe. Maintaining the natural habitat of the animals and ensuring their safety from predators is a responsibility that we, as the leaders of the herds, must prioritize with utmost dedication. Investing in new fencing and buildings can come with a hefty price tag. We have had to think outside the box in order to create a safe and cost-effective environment.

The cost of fencing can quickly escalate when you factor in the additional expenses of poles, insulators, and other necessary hardware. I have to give full credit to my husband for his ingenious idea of using pallets for fencing. They possess great strength and resilience. The aesthetic of it really resonated with me, given our natural surroundings and rural setting. You have the option of using standard pallets, or you can opt for pallets with gaps between the boards to achieve a more traditional wooden fence appearance.

In certain areas, we have opted for cattle field fencing to provide clear visibility and allow the animals to have a view of their surroundings. With Kunes, they have a knack for effortlessly pushing under fences using their powerful snouts. To address this, we've come up with a solution - we've securely attached dead trees to the bottom of the fences, rendering them unmovable. What other practical uses do these have, besides being used as firewood?

KuneKunes are animals that love to graze on pastures and explore wooded areas in search of plants, acorns, and other tasty treats. The pallets that were not aesthetically pleasing as they made their way through the woods have a tendency to blend in with their surroundings and become less conspicuous. It's great that you have the option to secure those pallets to the trees and to each other, resulting in a stronger fence and reduced expenses. When incorporating the beautiful woods into our design, we typically only need to add a minimal number of poles. In the areas where we required poles, it was quite convenient to dismantle a pallet and utilize those sturdy boards as poles in the non-wooded sections. Throughout the years, we have discovered that the boards from the pallets tend to require less frequent replacement compared to the poles made from dead trees.

So, I'm curious, where do you manage to acquire all those pallets? One day, my husband happened to stop by a building supply company and inquired about the fate of their surplus pallets. They gladly offered to give them to him and mentioned that he could swing by anytime to pick up the pallets. They were taken aback by our unexpected plans. It did require some patience to gather the pallets, but my husband made it a routine to drive by daily and collect them whenever he spotted them. When we apply them, we coat them with a vibrant red deck stain to ensure their long-lasting durability.

Things to think about before purchasing your own KuneKune herd
We have been raising KuneKunes for over five years now, and I must admit that it has been quite an adventure. I must admit, I never anticipated that these small heritage breed of grazing pigs would have such a profound impact on my life. They are incredibly friendly, easy to handle, and have a delightful sense of humor. It's hard not to fall in love with them!

I will always cherish the countless conversations I had during my extensive research on the breed, as well as the overwhelming emotions that flooded over me when I welcomed my very first piglet into my home. My initial litter was an unforgettable memory. I still feel the same level of excitement today as I did when I had my very first litter. Witnessing a birth is an awe-inspiring moment that fills you with wonder and amazement. Can you tell that I am completely smitten?

It's often overlooked, but raising livestock requires a significant commitment. The countless hours dedicated, the sleep sacrificed, and the commitment required every single day of the year. Many pig farmers, unless they are involved in large-scale commercial farming, also hold full-time jobs. Caring for animals can be a demanding task, but the joy it brings makes it all worthwhile. Tending to our farm and animals brings me a sense of peace and tranquility.

There are countless joys to be found in the experience of raising livestock! The achievements are truly remarkable! Times are tough, no doubt about it! I am a breeder who deeply values the unique qualities of each pig, fostering a strong emotional connection with them. It's incredibly tough when you have a litter and unexpectedly lose a piglet. I find myself shedding tears every single time. I strive to give my utmost effort in ensuring the well-being of every life that I am entrusted with bringing into existence.

So, why do I choose to raise KuneKunes despite the challenges and sacrifices that come with being a pig farmer? I do it because I believe in the impact I have on their lives and the impact they have on mine. I thoroughly enjoy observing our pigs as they graze in the fields. I thoroughly enjoy rescuing a piglet, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. I thoroughly enjoy stepping outside and witnessing the enthusiastic response from those seeking my attention and affection. I find great joy in being a part of the incredible journey of bringing new life into the world. I thoroughly enjoy observing the adorable piglets frolicking in the farrowing yards. I find it incredibly heartwarming to witness a mother pig serenading her little ones as they nourish. I thoroughly enjoy receiving photos of our adorable piglets settling into their new homes and witnessing the joyous arrival of newborn piglets on different farms. I thoroughly enjoy supporting my buyers by providing guidance and support as they navigate their own unique journey in the KuneKune world. I appreciate the rejuvenating effect of spending time with our pigs, especially after a challenging day.

Although there are numerous sacrifices, the joy far surpasses them.

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Do KuneKunes Root?

Potty Train your KuneKune

Treating Mites

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