Pigs called kunekune, which are pronouced "cooney cooney," are a wise choice for small farms. Kunekune is a Maori word that means "big and round." These medium-sized, tasseled, sweet-natured pigs are native to New Zealand. Although no one is certain, it is believed that they are a hybrid of pigs from Indonesia and Berkshire, Poland China, and possibly Gloucester Old Spots.


FoodS to watch out for

KuneKunes like a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Fresh foods are an essential part of the pigs' diet since they offer a variety of critical components and minerals that aren't available in processed pelleted feeds. However, not all fruits and vegetables are healthy , and some might even cause illness.

A list of some of these foods is provided below (the list is not exhaustive and there may be other foods popular in different countries that may be toxic to pigs).

  • Cabbage roots and seeds
  • Broccoli roots and seeds
  • Mustard root and seeds
  • Apple seeds
  • Green/unripe acorns and young oak leaves
  • Tomato leaves and vine
  • Avocado skin and pit
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Potato leaves and stems, berries
  • Green potatoes
  • Leaves of cherry trees, apples, pears, plums and apricots
  • Parsnip? (there is some evidence that it can cause poisoning)