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.
Our boar lines include BORIS, WAKANUI, ANDREW, & RU
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.
(aka Rusty) Titus is a BIG cream 2016 Andrew x Rona boar from Long Island Kunekunes. We love his wide head, deep jowls, strong back and stout legs. We look forward to seeing his first piglets late this spring! AKKPS Registered.
Our sow lines include ARIA GIANA, JENNY, RONA, KEREOPA, WILSONS GINA
2018 Aria Giana x Ru. Double wattled, excellent growth rate and the black and white coloring we are coming to love! AKPR Registered.
2017 Aria Giana x Mahia Love sow. Conformationally correct and flashy with a white streak on her face, we like Maybee for her looks, her stoutness and her sweet personality! We are loving the size and stature of her piglets. AKPR Registered.
Jovie is a 2018 gilt (Kereopa x Ru) from C & J Farms. She is a big girl (the photo is her when she was a baby), with double wattles and 14 teats. Kereopas are the sweetest pigs you will find and Jovie is no exception! AKPR Registered.
Offred is a 2017 wattled Jenny x Mahia Love sow out of large Black Valley Farms stock, we expect this sow will add size and substance to future piglets! AKPR Registered.
Mavis is a 2018 Rona x Boris gilt from C & J Farms Kunekunes. For a Rona, she is showing great size, and good muscling in her hind end. AKPR Registered.
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.
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!
HOW TO CHOOSE A KUNEKUNE PIG USING BREED STANDARDS
A great professionally put together video from our friends at the British Kunekune Pig Society on what to look for in Kunekune pigs. BKKPS standards vary only slightly from the US.
KUNES FOR SALE
Jenny (xBoris) Gilt. Born 10/9
Ru x Kereopa - Born 12/15. 2 Females, 3 Males. (1 Female, 1 Male Available)
2019 PLANNED BREEDINGS
Wilsons Gina (Olivia) x Andrew (Titus) - due June 2019
Jenny (Offred) x Andrew (Titus) - due July 2019
Kereopa (Jovie) x Andrew (Titus)
Aria Giana (Maybee) x Wakanui (Magnus)
Rona (Mavis) x Wakanui (Magnus)
Aria Giana (Harriet) x Boris (Hamish)
SOWS / BOARS
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Meat Barrows start at $275 at weaning. Price goes up with age.
Registered Breeding Stock (under 1 year, unproven) ranges from $500-750.
Proven Breeding Stock starts at $700. 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 AKPR. 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.