Kunekune Pigs

Kunekune pork has gained popularity for several reasons, especially among small-scale farmers and gourmet chefs. Here are the three best reasons to choose Kunekune pork over traditional pork:

  1. Flavor and Marbling

  2. Sustainable and Ethical Farming

  3. Easier Management for Small-Batch Swinery

KuneKunes are a rare heritage breed pig brought over from New Zealand. These pigs are extremely friendly, docile, almost like big dogs most of the time that have gained popularity across the US. KuneKunes stand out distinctly among other breeds for multiple reasons. These are smaller pigs that very seldom root nor destroy fences/yards like conventional pigs. They mostly graze on pastures but still need grain/feed daily. They have many different roles and uses, they make excellent breed/show pigs, they are the perfect pig for homesteading family’s either for pets or for meat production, because of their excellent grazing capabilities they can clear out yard over growth but do not damage the ground and of course their meat…it is known as the Wagyu of the Pork because of the red coloring and marbling throughout.

Red Kunekune - Wilma

Kunekune Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Are Kunekune hard to take care of?

Kunekune pigs are relatively easy to care for, making them ideal for small-scale farmers and hobbyists. They are primarily grazers, which means they can thrive on pasture with minimal supplemental feed. Their docile and friendly nature also makes them easy to manage. However, like all livestock, they do require basic care such as proper fencing, shelter, and regular health check-ups.

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How much land do you need for 2 kunekune pigs?

For two Kunekune pigs, a minimum of half an acre of pasture is generally recommended. These pigs are excellent grazers and benefit from ample space to forage and roam. The land should be well-fenced to keep the pigs safe and should ideally include some shelter or a pig hut for protection from the elements.

Q:

What foods are good for kunekune pigs?

Kunekune pigs primarily thrive on pasture, enjoying a diet of fresh grass, clover, and other forage. Supplemental feed can include pig pellets that are low in protein and high in fiber. Fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and pumpkins can also be given as treats. It's essential to avoid high-sugar and high-fat foods, as well as any processed foods not formulated for pigs.

Q:

How cold can kunekune pigs tolerate?

Kunekune pigs are relatively hardy and can tolerate cold weather well, especially when provided with adequate shelter and bedding. However, it's essential to offer them a warm, dry place like a pig hut or barn during extreme cold or snowy conditions. Proper care, including fresh water and sufficient bedding, will help them stay comfortable in colder climates.

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Miniature Donkeys

Miniature donkeys are a specific kind of donkey. In order to be officially recognized as miniature, the animal has to measure no more than 36 inches in height. All of our donkeys are under 35 inches currently. Even though they’re cute and compact, they still weigh between 200 – 400 pounds.

Silverudd Chickens

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Emus

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