Kunekune, the perfect homestead pig
We raise humanely, farrow to finish, 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 our family. They fit right into our homestead here in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Kunekune are extremely efficient at converting feed and have minimal feed needs in comparison for a fast-growing market hog, but the trade-off is that they take about 12 months to grow out to 150-200 pounds while they graze on pasture. Your reward for waiting a year though is slow-grown, grass-fed, succulent, dark red pork. Our focus on pasture pork genetics results in a quality hanging weight of 110-150 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 and charcuterie cuts 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 110-150 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 pastured pork production and the International Kunekune Hog Registry (IKHR, AKPR previous to 2021) breed standard in mind. All of our breeding stock is dual registered with IKHR and AKKPS and piglets may be registered to either registry. We are very proud of our foundation herd which represents a great selection and diversity of bloodlines and pastured pork genetics.
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 and his paternal grandma is the original Aria Giana import fro New Zealand. 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.
Jack is out of one of our all-time favourite boars, Champion ILF Ru 2 (aka Oscar). His is sire has all the positive traits we look for in our breeding program – outstanding conformation and strong growth rates. His dam is equally impressive and boasts five Champions within the first four generations of her pedigree. Jack is cool and level-headed. He is an absolute pleasure to have. We could not be happier about the genetics he is bringing to our program.
Barley comes to us from Yellow Point Farms in Ladysmith, BC. His father is Hamilton (BBS Te Whangi 11, son of ILF Te Whangi 5) and his mother is Karo (GAB Rebecca Gina 3). He brings us a great depth of body, a solidly built frame, perfectly squared hindquarters, great pasterns, and some lovely proportions.
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).
Courtenay comes to our herd with two new lines, Trish and Ru to add to our diversity. As well as being tri-coloured, she is long-bodied with 14 evenly spaced teats. We expect exceptional pasture pork piglets and good-sized litters from her. She comes to us from Habitat Farm on Thetis Island and was bred by Fitzgerald Farms in Courtenay, BC. Her parents are from the pasture production lines out of The Iron Horse Farm (TIHF Ru 14) and Ivanleigh Farm (ILF Trish 3).
Camas is a large framed sow that towers over our herd. She has a solid bone structure, strong pasterns and incredible length. She measures an outstanding 50″ from her ear to tail base. While she is large, she is also mild-mannered. Her line has proven to be very consistent and her genetics are a joy to work with.
Fall 2021 Litters – stay tuned for updates
Complimentary ground delivery is offered within an hour of Cobble Hill, BC. Air shipping via WestJet within Canada to major airports or ground shipping by an experienced livestock transporter is also offered at the buyer’s expense.
Prices on Kunekune Livestock
Pigs are herd animals and feel most comfortable with a buddy. Pigs should be purchased in groups of two or more if you do not already have a compatible herd for them to join. Keep in mind breeding boars and gilts must be separated at six months of age until they are ready to breed. We recommend that those new to Kunekune start out with either two barrows (castrated males) or a starter package of four pigs. A group of four pigs ensures you have enough pigs to separate them into two groups until they can be combined again at breeding age, which is also the time the barrow(s) will be ready to harvest – accelerating the timeframe your first round of homegrown pork for first time producers. Individual and breeding pair sales are intended for those with already established herds.
Price ranges are reflective of Canadian market price, conformation, lineage, and colouration. All sales are in accordance with our Heritage Hill Farm Animal Sales Policy and include the cost of registration, de-worming, first vaccinations, and ear tagging (required by Canadian law to transport breeding stock). A 50% deposit is required to hold your piglet(s) and full payment and any travel expenses, are required before any livestock departs Heritage Hill Farm.
- Registered boar – Typically $1250-1500 each
- Registered gilt – Typically $1250-1500 each
- Registered breeding pair – Starting at $2500 a pair
- Starter Package A (registered boar and gilt, plus two barrows) – Starting at $2900 for the package
- Starter Package B (registered boar and two gilts, plus one barrow) – Starting at $3950 for the package
- Weaner piglet – Please inquire for availability, the price of weaner piglets increases with age. Our program focuses on pork production and we strive to promote this amazing breed by keeping our weaners priced as affordably as possible.