History of KuneKunes
All Kunekunes trace back to New Zealand, where they were kept by the Maori natives and allowed to roam free. At one point in NZ, their numbers had dwindled to probably less than 50 pigs, until they were ‘re-discovered’ as the amazing friendly pigs that they are. In Maori, Kunekune means fat and round.
A well cared for Kunekune is quick to trust and bond with the owner. They easily accept your family pets and other livestock, being housed with goats, lambs, etc. they will answer you with grunts and a smile, having a friendly and docile demeanor.
Kunekunes are easy to handle for first time owners averaging 150-250 pounds. They do not test fencing like most pigs and do not get aggressive.
With their short, upturned snouts, they are a true grazing pig that can fatten on grass alone. An acre of grass can supply five Kunekunes. If you don’t have enough grass you can supplement with grassy hay, commercial pellets, and fruit and vegetable scraps.
This is what an AKKPS member in CA had to say about Raising KuneKunes…..
“KuneKunes for sustainable pork production- In a time when an increasing number of consumers are looking for responsible and sustainable options to supply meat for their families, KuneKunes stand out as an excellent option for pasture and small acreage pork production. The KuneKunes placid nature, tendency to graze, reasonable litter size, and ability to marble on low quality forage, make it an attractive breed for hobby farms, mowing orchards and vineyards, as well as, inclusion within Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) systems. Farmers in regions where pasture is not lush throughout the year will find KuneKunes easily supplemented on surplus food stuffs, such as, nut mass, spent brewer’s grain, cider mash, and bruised/unmarketable vegetables and produce.” ..