Why We Raise KuneKune Pigs
Over the years our farm has raised many different breeds of pigs in search of the best pig for meat and pets. For our family raising pigs for meat is about more than just the quantity. Although it’s nice to have pigs that produce hundreds of pounds of pork, we would rather have less meat but of superior quality, with better marbling and more tender melt in your mouth bacon. Kunekune’s (pronounced Cooney-Cooney) are a pasture pig. They thrive on pasture grass, making their meat rich, red, and perfectly marbled with healthy fat.
They require much less feed than the larger breeds making them more economical. They are also very easy to keep easy on pastures. They do very little rooting with their short snouts and don’t damage fences. Every animal on our farm must be child friendly since we have 4 small children who love to play in the pastures with the animals! KuneKune pigs are a very docile and friendly breed of pig that love human interaction. Our KuneKune’s will roll over for belly rubs as soon as the kids run in their pasture. These are the reasons we believe KuneKune pigs are the perfect pig for small farms.
The KuneKune Pig breed was once near 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 the late 1970’s the breed was ‘rediscovered’ and at that time it was estimated that there were only about 50 purebred KuneKune pigs left in New Zealand. From purebred base stock of only 6 sows and 3 boars in 1978, the KuneKune conservation program was created.
Pure Breed KuneKune Pigs in Whitefish, Montana
We take great care in raising healthy pigs at our farm. We raise our pigs as naturally as possible. Our pigs are kept in a clean environment and are free from antibiotics and medications. We feed our pigs a high quality organic diet free of GMO’s.
According to Wikipedia the KuneKune pig appreance is as follows: The kunekune is covered in hair which can be long or short, and straight or curly. Hair colours include black, brown, ginger, gold, cream, and spotted combinations. It has a medium to short snout, that is black and either semilopped or pricked ears. It has a short, round body with short legs and may have two tassels (called piri piri) under its chin.
Our breeding stock starts at $700. We also have farm shares available for people interested in quality pork.
Please contact us for more information.