The kunekune (cooney cooney) is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekune are hairy, with a rotund build and may have wattles hanging from their lower jaws. Their color ranges from black and white, to ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown and tricolored.
Kunes are known for their extremely docile and friendly personality which is unmatched by any other breed of swine. Their short and upturned snouts make them suitable grazers and less prone to rooting found in other breeds.
Pork is not the other white meat! Commercially raised pigs have long been bred for fast growth and lean muscle mass. Older, more traditional breeds (like Kunes) are slower growing but produce a much richer, redder meat. This is why we wait 14 to 18 months for our Kunes to grow to market weight as opposed to raising more traditional breeds that reach weight much faster. Kune meat from our farm will be deep pink to red, and marbled throughout with georgeous, tasty fat. The meat is rich in flavor and high in nutrients, having grown primarily on grass, hay and garden produce.
This fall we will be offering Kune pork by individual cuts or by the 1/4 or 1/2. To get on the notification list for availability, please send us an email!
Heritage Haus is proud to be an original member of the Kunekune Pig Preservation Project. We are dedicated to preserving Kunekunes through their utilization as top quality pork production animals. Once you have tried Kunekune pork, you won't go back!
Hamish is a 2015 cream color Boris x Kereopa boar from Bel Canto Farm. He has excellent muscling, an especially nice head and a wonderful, laid-back disposition. AKPR/AKKPS double registered.
Magnus is a 2018 tri-color Whakanui x Wilsons Gina boarling. His litter weighed out at twice the size of a litter born just before so we expect lots of substance out of Magnus! AKPR Registered.
Willa is a 2015 double-wattled black Rona x Tonganui sow. Willa has delivered 3 litters and is an excellent, low-maintenance mother, and a sweet pig to work with. She has thrown 100% wattled piglets. AKPS/AKKPR double registered
5 Piglets Born 6/24. 4 males, 1 female, all wattled. (2 Meat Barrows Available)
2017 Wilsons Gina x Mahia Love. Beautiful Copper color, double-wattled and very correct in confirmation, head structure and size. We are looking forward to her first litter of piglets next spring. AKPR Registered.
2017 Aria Giana x Mahia Love Gilt. Conformationally correct and flashy with a white streak on her face, we like Maybee for her looks, her stoutness and her sweet personality! AKPR Registered.
7 Piglets Born 9/11. 5 females, 2 males. (4 Females Available)
Offred is a 2017 wattled Jenny x Mahia Love gilt out of large Black Valley Farms stock, we expect this gilt will add size and substance to future piglets! AKPR Registered.
Bred to Hamish for October 2018 piglets.
WHY CHOOSE KUNES?
SMALL AND DOCILE
The largest Kunes are around 300lbs. Average size is 180-225lbs. Kunes are friendly, personable and generally safe to work around, even for beginners. As a smaller sized pig, they require less space and happily co-habitate with other animals. (goats, sheep, etc.)
Kunes are grazers. Their upturned noses make grazing easy for them and makes rooting less of a breed trait. Many Kunes can keep easily on grass and hay and a few scrap veggies alone. Unlike traditional hogs, KuneKunes do not require constant/large quantities of grain to grow.
Kunes make great companions on the small farm or homestead. They are excellent grazers and pasture managers in places like orchards and vineyards. They also make excellent quality meat. As a heritage breed, the KuneKune meat is RED and deeply marbled, almost like fine steak. They also produce fine lard which can be used in cooking, baking and soap making. While a Kunekune takes longer to grow to a market weight (9-14 months vs. 6 for a traditional pig) it is well worth it!
KUNES FOR SALE
Boris x Rona Litter - Born 6/24. 4 Males, 1 Female, All Wattled. (2 Meat Barrows Available)
Boris x Aria Giana Litter - Born 9/11. 5 Females, 1 Male. (4 Females Available)
Boris x Jenny Litter - arriving October 2018
SOWS / BOARS
Willa - 2017 Rona x Tonganui black, double wattled sow. AKPR/AKKPS Registered. $525. See description above. Available following weaning of current litter.
Meat Barrows start at $275 at weaning. Price goes up with age.
Registered Breeding Stock starts at $500. We do not sell unregistered stock.
Discounts available for multiple purchases.
Contact us for special 4-H / Youth pricing.
We carefully evaluate our piglets and only select the ones who most represent the breed to go on to be breeding stock themselves. These piglets will be registered with one of the two registries: AKPR or the AKKPS. (we are members of both). We also offer piglets for 4-H projects and feeder stock. If you are interested in a pig and have questions about making a purchase, feel free to email us!
RESERVING A PIG
A deposit of $100 will secure your purchase of a pig or piglet. Piglets are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Heritage Haus retains the right to reserve any piglet from a litter for our own breeding program. Deposits are non-refundable, but can be applied to another litter of choosing if the first choice can not be fulfilled. Please email us to discuss your personal preferences and to get put on a waiting list.