THE KUNEKUNE pIG
The Kunekune pig yields a sweet succulent pork with generous marbling recognized by chefs, charcuterie crafters, and artisanal butchers. Keepers value them for their kind and trustworthy nature as well as their thriftiness on pasture. As a heritage breed, they retain the valuable characteristic of breeds gone by such as: climate adaptability, innate mothering instincts, resourceful foraging conversion, and a disinclination to roam.
The Kunekune pig breed boasts a wide following in sustainable and low-impact agriculture. With current trends focusing on small farming, grass fed, and open air husbandry, the Kunekune offers a viable option for those looking to turn a profit on flavorful pork. Breeders across the nation are successfully finishing their pigs with alternative feeding options such as forage, whey, spent grains, garden waste, windfall fruit, native nuts, and of course, pasture. No other breed of swine grazes leaving pastures undisturbed with little to no rooting. This attribute allows the Kunekune to be utilized in rotational grazing systems and their docile nature permits co-habitation with other breeds of livestock and even poultry. As a heritage breed, growing times are slower than commercial pigs but keepers have adapted their market by offering Kunekunes for pork at all ages from suckling pigs and whole roasters to finished hogs.