About KuneKune Pigs
The KuneKune Pig breed was once near certain extinction. These delightful pigs were only found near the Maori Islands of New Zealand. They were kept by the Maori people and were allowed to roam around their villages. In early times the KuneKune were prized for their placid nature and their tendency not to roam, as they have always been a domesticated pig.
In the late 1970's the breed was 'rediscovered' and at that time it was estimated that there were only about 50 purebred KuneKunes left in New Zealand. From purebred base stock of only 6 sows and 3 boars in 1978, the KuneKune conservation program was created by wildlife park owners Michael Willis and John Simister. These two gentlemen single handedly saved the breed from extinction. Once more herds were established in New Zealand, it became clear that exporting of the breed was important. They were afraid that if disease or other natural disasters struck in New Zealand this would wipe the breed out completely. In 1992 the first KuneKunes left New Zealand to go to the UK. Additional stock was sent to the UK in 1993 & 1996.
All KuneKunes in the United States go back to either direct New Zealand or UK imported stock. There have been five importations of KuneKune pigs into the USA occurring in 1996, 2005, 2010, and 2012.
The KuneKunes are known for their extremely docile and friendly personality which is unmatched by any other breed of swine. They are extremely outgoing and love human interaction. They are a grazing breed of swine and as such prefer to graze on grass. Their short and upturned snouts make them suitable grazers and less prone to rooting found in other breeds. KuneKunes are known for having 2 wattles (much like goats) found under their chin. They have little to no desire to roam and do not test fencing. KuneKunes are still fairly rare in the USA, but are gaining popularity very quickly, finding their niche in many different markets.
Meet our Herd
To the left you see a picture of Peppa and Penelope, our girls. They love a good back rub, which then turns into a belly rub! They are the sweetest pigs - we let ours roam part of the farm during the day and then they head back to their pen and piggie house for dinner!
Boo is our boar. He is a real talker - squealing whenever we come into the yard because he expects a treat! He is a lazy piggie because he love to lay down and eat his supper. However, he is always ready for petting!
These piggies make excellent pets - they stay small - much smaller than a pot belly pig, and can be trained to use a litter box if you keep them indoors. They have no odor and love to be around people.