About Kunekune Pigs

OnceUponA Farm is proud to be one of the first Kune Kune breeders in Canada.   In July 2013 we imported the first Kunekunes east of the Rockies!.  

Our foundation herd consists of:   BOAR LINES: Andrew, Mahia Love, Te Whangi   SOW LINES: Jenny, Rona, Rebecca Gina

Piglets arrive throughout the year.  Breeding stock, bred sows,  and weaners for meat.  Pastured pork cuts,halves,and whole hogs available

The Kunekune Pig

I think this excerpt from http://www.americankunekunepigregistry.com/ says it best: “The Kunekune Pig (pronounced "cooney cooney") is a breed known as the "Maori Pig" having been developed by the first people of New Zealand. Being near extinction in their homeland during the 1970's, two animal preservationists, Michael Willis and John Simister, are credited with their conservation. Since that time, the breed has gained recognition on both the North and South islands of New Zealand, in Great Britian and Europe, the United States, and, most recently, in Canada. The Kunekune Pig in America is finding a serious niche market for small farms, in sustainable farming systems, for permaculture, and with chefs, charcutiers, caterers, and in home butchery.” “ Kunekune Pigs are relatively small in size with boars rarely reaching much over 250 pounds. They are varied in hair color and hair texture with ears that are pricked or semi-lop. Extremely docile in temperament, the breed is suitable for first time pig growers.” “Kunekune are known to many as "the Grazing Pig" being extremely efficient on grass and not prone to root or roam. Pasture grasses work well with very little needed in the way of supplementation. Hay can be fed when pasture is scarce or unavailable. Commercial pig feeds, organic or proprietary feeds, along with kitchen and garden excess all work to guarantee your pig's optimum condition.” “Kunekunes are a wattled breed, but many purebred Kunekunes do not have wattles and some have only one. Sometimes Kunes are born with one or two wattles that are not well attached and, not having the proper blood flow, will fall off. Rarely, a wattle may be pulled off in a fight or in an accident. The Maori term for wattles is "pire pire".” “Another unusual characteristic of the breed is the variety of coat types and color. The Kune coat can be silky or coarse, straight or curly, and be of colors as varied as cream, black, ginger (red), or brown with spots, patches or solid.” “Ears are large and can be erect or semi-lop. Fully lopped ears covering the eyes are not acceptable.” “Most notable is the attribute of the Kunekune Pig's temperament being very docile and brave. Any aggressive behavior toward humans is extremely rare. Even boars are generally very gentle and amenable to keepers, sows, and piglets.” “The Kunekune is becoming known for its fabulous well-marbled meat which will insure a viable future for this small, heritage breed.” Many people keep Kunes as pets but they are also an excellent meat producer. Kunekunes have an excellent ratio of meat to fat. Kunekunes are considered by many to be nicer eating than the faster grown commercial pig.