the kunekune pig

 

The kunekune  prononced  “KOO-KNEE, KOO-KNEE.” Meaning Fat and Round, is a small breed of domestic pig weighing under 250lbs, originating from New Zealand. 1st imported to the US in the early 1990's, Kunekune can have a smooth fine or curly coat with a round build, and may or may not have wattles hanging from their lower jaws. Their colors from black and white, to ginger, cream, brindle, black, brown and tri-colored. They have a docile, friendly nature, and are now often kept as pets.

How big do KuneKune pigs get?
Females average 100 to 175 pounds, while males can reach the 200 to 250-plus range. They have short, upturned snouts that discourage rooting, and they do not challenge fences. Kunekunes are grazing pigs and are able to grow on low inputs, making them an ideal breed during periods of escalating grain prices.

What are KuneKune pigs used for?
They are excellent grazers and pasture managers in places like orchards and vineyards. They also make excellent quality meat. As a heritage breed, the KuneKune meat is RED and deeply marbled, almost like fine steak. They also produce fine lard which can be used in cooking, baking and soap making.

How much does a KuneKune pig cost?
Cost of a bred KuneKune ranges from $800-$1,600, and an average litter is about eight piglets. Durrett prefers to breed her pigs only once a year

How long do Kune Kune live?
8 to 15 years
Kunekune have lovely temperaments. They love having a fuss made of them and will lie for hours while you rub their tummies. They live for 8 to 15 years. They have to be wormed every 6 months by giving an injection you can do yourself.

How much should I feed my Kune Kune pig?
Kunekunes require 1/7 to 1/4 the amount of grain of standard pigs, but they do still need some grain in combination with their grazing to make sure their diet is complete. This is especially true of young (birth through one year), pregnant, and lactating pigs.

Do KuneKune pigs smell?
KuneKune pigs are usually very clean animals, with minimal smell and often do not affect those with pet allergies. They are generally quiet animals, but may scream if they are frightened or do  not get their own way.