Our breeding program includes the following lines:
Mahia Love, Rebecca Gina, Rona, Andrew, Ru, Sally
Please see KuneKunes for Sale under KuneKune Pigs for upcoming litters.
The delightful Kunekune developed into its present form in New Zealand, although the breed is almost certainly of Asian origin*. During most of the period these pigs have been in New Zealand they were kept almost solely by Maori communities, and were to a large extent unknown by Europeans. (It is quite certain, however, that they were not in this country prior to the arrival of Europeans and they were probably introduced very early in the European period by whalers or traders.
A combined excursion in the late 1970s, by the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Staglands Wildlife Reserve, led to 18 animals being collected (nine were purebred or so close to it that it didn’t matter) and forming the basis of a captive breeding program
Now widely spread throughout New Zealand, with an active society registering them, most of the Kunekune pigs found in New Zealand today are descended from that original 18. Kunekunes have also been exported to the United Kingdom, the United States, and as far as the European Continent.
They are relatively small and highly distinctive, characterized physically by a short-legged, dumpy build, pot tummy, short upturned nose, and a generally fat, rounded appearance. (The Polynesian word ‘kunekune’ simply means ‘plump’.) A unique feature is the ‘tassels’ which hang from the lower jaw.
Kunekunes come in a wide range of colours and are delightfully placid animals, easy to maintain, with little propensity to damage pasture.
I have got 2 kune kune sows. The word kune means round and fat so kune kune means very round and very fat. They eat sow rolls, tomatoes, carrot, apple, melon, swede, potatoes and bananas. However keep their food levels low, as like I mentioned before they get very fat. They like to munch on long grass too. They can be quite temperamental, and don't usually like dogs. They like the odd jam doughnut too!
Firstly I would say get a book on them. Then contact the kune kune club for further info. You cannot keep just a single pig, you need at least 2. You also need to be licenced with DEFRA to keep pigs and any other cloven hoofed animals. They need to be fed a special diet. You can buy Allen and Page pot bellied pig nuts and also plenty of fruit and veg.
When you collect your pig you have to have a proper washable livestock trailer to move them and fill out a movement licence in triplicate. The breeder keeps a copy, you keep a copy and the other goes to the council. The DEFRA website will give you all the legal stuff about keeping pigs and the facts about feeding them. It is illegal to feed swill, or meat or any veggies which have been in contact with meat so if you have a ham salad, you cannot give them the lettuce off the plate which you didn't eat.
Although they are classed as grazing pigs, they will also root up the ground. I have had 3 in the past . They also need a lot of land, with fresh water available in a large heavy container as they are immensly strong and can tip over most containers. Those cast iron mexican hat things are best, you must also provide them with a mud wallow to protect their skin. Once you have your pig you are not allowed to take it off your property unless you fill in the movement licence forms and name the destination. So no taking it for a walk around your neighbourhood.You will need some form of strong fencing as they will push through or push under normal fencing. electric fencing is probably best.
Registered Kunekune Breed: A Heritage breed originating from The Maori Islands of New Zealand Kunekune are known to graze rather than root. Fattening easily on grass. Their main diet is grass or hay. Needing small rations of grain for added nutrition. Kunekunes grow slowly over an 18 to 24 month period. Maxing out at an adult weight of 200lb to 250lb. Roughly 24" tall, 46" long, 16" wide. Boars and barrows growing faster than gilts. Colors can range from solid or spotted variations of black, cream, or ginger. Wattles are a breed requirement. This breed matures for breeding at 8 to 12 months of age. Gestation period is 3 months, 3 weeks, and three days. This breed is extremely docile in nature. They don't tend to roam or test fencing. Content grazing on pasture, seeks human attention. Easily lays down for a belly rub. Smaller in size and more manageable for new pig handlers and families with young children. Growing slowly on a low protein diet produces healthy, marbled, highly nutritional-low cost meat. Pigs raised on grasses create a pork with added Omeg 3 and 6 fatty acids. The Kunekune Pig is perfect for the backyard farmer. Great choice as a livestock pet, and hobby farmers, and families needing to produce smaller portions of pork and willing to wait longer to achieve it.BloodLines We often get questions about the pedigree or bloodlines of a Kune. There are a few key things to understand about bloodlines. First, every piglet is listed with a Boar and Sow line. So, a pig listed as Jenny/Mahia Love has a dame (mother) from the Jenny line and a Sire (Father) from the Mahia Love line. Females follow the sow line, males follow the Boar line. So, we talk about our Mahia Love boar, or the Jenny gilt. Beyond the basics, you will receive a full pedigree for each Breeding pig after registration. This will show the extended pedigree of the pig. You can always ask for parent pedigrees when looking for a Kune. All breeding pigs are DNA checked at UC Davis and microchipped, this information is sent in for registration. Now, pricing for bloodlines gets a little tricky. Certain blood lines are more common, typically these are lines that were imported earlier. Other, more recent imported lines, are more expensive. For example, the TeWhangi line arrived in the USA, pretty early on (2005?) versus the Ru line that arrived in 2012. Recently imported (and more expensive) Sow lines that we offer: Kereopa, Awakino, Trish and Tapeka. Recently imported (and more expensive) Boar lines that we offer: Ru and Tuahuru KuneKune and Pig Vocabulary So you know!! Gilt – A female pig who has not yet had piglets. Essentially, she is a gilt when she is born, up until the minute she has piglets. Please note that gilt, is a female pig, gUilt is an emotion that we all probably need less of!! Barrow – (pronounce it like a wheel barrow) A male pig who has been castrated. Kunes and many other pigs do not have "boar taint" but many males are castrated to assure they won't be bred if sold as non-breeders. Barrows are either pets or meat pigs. Wattle – the flesh that hangs from the chin/neck of certain animals, including Kunes. In my opinion (Lisa) there is no known science to getting wattles on your pigs. It is more or less more desirable, but that seems to vary by owner, buyer, breeder. A waTTle, is a piece of flesh, a waDDle is how a duck walks. Sow-- A female pig that has farrowed (given birth). Farrow-- A female pig giving birth. Boar -- A male pig that has not been castrated. Kune males typically aren't used for breeding until they are about a year old, but that varies by breeder. Wean -- Separating a sow from her piglets. We do that around seven weeks here. It's a bit of a process. Usually around week 5 or 6 we start letting the sow out during the day for longer and longer periods of time. At week seven we take the mother out permanently and leave the piglets in the pen that they are familiar with. They usually stay there for about ten days. Then we move them to the "baby/teen" area with other pigs their age. >