The perfect homestead pig
The kunekune (cooney-cooney) are a small breed of pig that was first imported here to the U.S. from New Zealand in 1996.
Females typically average 100 to 175 pounds, while males reach the 200-250+ range. These pigs of have short, upturned snouts that discourage them from rooting (I have found that they only root if they aren't being fed enough). Kunekunes are also grazing pigs and thrive on a good grassy pasture. During the winter months it is easy enough to provide them with a good alfalfa hay and a commercial pellet. They also go crazy for fresh fruits and veggies! They do not test fences and are overall pretty easy keepers.
Our favorite part about the kunekune breed is that they are just the sweetest pigs. They are quite literally as affectionate as dogs! Our boarling, Branch, loves to follow us around and scoop up fruit that has dropped off the trees. Each of our gilts will flop over the second you start scratching their bellies and grunt in complaint if you stop. When Eric told me he wanted to get pigs for the farm, I was anything but happy. Everything I knew about pigs was unpleasant... but they quickly changed my mind about owning pigs. It's hard for your heart not to melt when they start nudging you with their little noses to get more scratches.
Their smaller size, easygoing nature, and friendly personality makes for both lovely pets and pleasant animals to breed if you're looking for your own sustainable source of pork!
We have big, big plans in store for our kunekune breeding program and hope to make some dreams come true! This page will be updated at a later time so stay tuned for those updates! 8/02/20