Kunekunes: The Little Green Pigs

Kunekune Pigs are medium-sized, rare heritage hogs known for their ability to fatten on grass alone. Sometimes called the "little pioneer pigs", Kunekunes are the perfect pig for the small farm, hobby farmer, or as part of any sustainable farming enterprise.

Kunekunes have long been prized for their placid nature, their tendency not to root, roam, or challenge fences, and the quality of the meat and fat. Kunekune pigs have become popular by those who wish to keep a small pig or two in the yard. They are excellent lawnmowers and weedeaters. They are not recommended as housepets.

The primary goals of our breeding program are:

  • temperament
  • health
  • conformation

Since we live in the Northwest where the ground is wet a large part of the year, we breed for short noses to discourage any turning of the soil.

Boars

TeWhangi Boar Line- Newton


Newton (Rainbow TeWhangi) as a one-year old boar

(Beeker - USA TeWhangi X Peeg - USA Jenny)



Newton is extremely gentle and loves to be scratched. He has an affinity for apples drawn to the ground by gravity, hence the name Sir Isaac Newton.

Ru Boar Line- Mendel

Mendel (GM Ru) at eight weeks is named after Gregor Johann Mendel, a Silesian scientist who experimented with pea plants in his garden, pioneering a new field of study now known as genetics. Our Mendel will contribute genetic diversity to our breeding program.
Sows

Truffle (Vintage- USA Andrew X Portrait - USA Wilson's Gina) This is a beautiful sow with a gorgeous head when she raises it.


Fossey (Hamish - Mahia Love X Jenny -Pemberley) is named after primatologist Dian Fossey.  Fossey is an exceptionally curious pig and is constantly watching our every moves. At seven months now sporting three beautiful colors.


Down to business looking for a tasty morsel.

Carson (rare blood-lines Tutakai X Tapeka) 

Carson is named after biologist Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and conservationist whose book, Silent Spring, is credited with advancing the global environmental movement. She brought attention to environmental impacts of pesticides developed during and after WWII.

Merian (TeWhangi X Tapeka)

Merian's name sake is Maria Sibylla Merian, a German woman of the 1600s known for her work as a botanical illustrator and the discovery of the metamorphosis of the butterfly.  She is considered among the most significant contributors to the field of entomology.



Hopper (Andrew X Rebecca Gina)

Hopper is named after Grace Murray Hopper, who outlined the fundamental operating principles for computer programming and developed the earliest computer languages. While she had no children, her nickname was Grandma COBOL.