Kunekune, the perfect homestead pig
We raise humanely, pasture-raised, and well cared for Kunekune pigs. The Kunekune are a heritage breed of grazing pigs originating from New Zealand. Maori families were first introduced to these pigs by whalers and traders in the early 1800s. The name kunekune is Maori for “fat and round”. They were docile enough to keep in their homes and patrol for kitchen scraps. Kunekune are hardy, docile foragers that have a small ecological footprint and are easy on our fences.
In our opinion, they are the perfect homesteading breed for a family. They fit right into our homestead here in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
These pigs are well known as a wonderful homestead pig. They are extremely efficient at converting feed and have minimal feed costs in comparison for a fast-growing market hog, but the trade-off is that they take about 12 months to grow out to 200 pounds while they graze on pasture. Our focus on pasture pork genetics results in a quality hanging weight of 130-150 pounds each. We chose these pigs for their easy-going disposition, their ability to sustainably bulk up off what is grown here on the farm, and for their delicious, deeply coloured, marbled pork. We raise happy pigs that get to exhibit all their piggy behaviours. Our pigs live out on pasture their entire life with appropriate shelters that they have free choice access to. In addition to the pasture, they eat veggies from our table and garden with no fillers in their diet. Fall is an especially exciting time for them when they get to help us upcycle all the windfall fruit from our orchard. They are not given hormones or preventative antibiotics, but they do get lots of tummy rubs when they ask for them.
We offer whole or half hogs seasonally, weaner piglets that you can raise yourself for family pork, outdoor pet stock for your hobby farm, and registered breeding stock.
Piglets for Sale
Why raise a Kunekune?
If you are like us and want to produce your own pork, this is an amazing homestead heritage breed to add to your farm. Their slow growth rate, succulent meat, and desire to forage on grass makes them very cost-effective and efficient grazers. They are a mid-size breed that grow around knee high and have a hanging butcher weight around 130-150 pounds around 12 months. It is very easy to overfeed a Kunekune, so watch that you don’t overfeed them.
With a temperament closer to that of a labrador than a boisterous pig, Kunekune are more than happy to greet you at the fence when you get home and to flop over for a tummy rub. They run well with poultry, waterfowl, goats and dogs, not to mention we feel safe having our small children help out with chores.
Meet the Parents
Our herd was selected with pasture pork and the American Kunekune Pig Registry (AKPR) breed standard in mind. We are very proud of our foundation herd which represent a great selection and diversity of bloodlines.
Forrest is a rare black Boris boar that comes to us from Ivanleigh Farms in Quite West, Ontario. His father is Boudin Noir (USA Boris 4++) produced by The Historic USA Herd. Boudin Noir has produced several stunning offspring including Champion and Supreme Champion offspring. The Boris line is still rare in Canada and adds conformation, size, type, and diversity to our herd. Forrest’s mother, Serendipity (SHF Kereopa 7) is out of the breeding program at Sisters Heritage Farms and is another rare line in Canada adding excellent diversity to our breeding program.
Cedar was bred for outstanding pasture genetics with exceptional size and conformation. She comes to us from Whispering Wind Farm in Carstairs, Alberta. She is out of ILF Jenny 1 “Emilia” (USA Mahia Love 63 x USA Jenny 133) who’s pedigree boasts four Supreme Champions in just the first three genetic parental lines and TIHF Te Whangi 8 “Gunther” (Rainbow Te Whangi 1+ x USA Rona 1) who has exceptional length, size, and a gentle disposition.
Willow is a wonderful addition of genetics, size, and conformation to round out our herd. She is from Whispering Wind Farm breeding program in Carstairs, Alberta. Her parents are “Princeton” (BVF Andrew 32 x SHF Kereopa 5) and “Kyra” (Rainbow Te Whangi 3 x USA Wilsons Gina 6). Princeton is grandson to Supreme Champion “Cornelius” (TGRE Andrew 3) and Champion “Delores” (USA Jenny 89).
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Prices on Kunekune Livestock
We charge our Kunekune pigs at the standard market price in Canada. Price ranges are reflective of conformation, lineage, and colouration. All sales include registration or spay/neutering, de-worming, 1st vaccinations, and ear tagging (required by Canadian law).
- Registered gilt – $1000-$1200 each
- Registered boar – $1000-1200 each
- Registered breeding pair – $2000
- Outdoor Pet Gilt – $750 (plus cost of spay)
- Outdoor Pet Barrow – $500 (castrated)
- Unregistered weaner piglet (8 weeks old) – $150*
* the price of weaner piglets increases with age