Kune Kune pigs are a rare breed, with exceptional qualities for various utilities (like for example agro-tourism, pet, animal exhibition, animal therapy, breeding, farmhouses, to clean areas of unproductive fields, meat, sustainable agriculture, livestock grazing, grass-fed animals ...)
Here are three important differences when compared with other pig breeds:
1) They are extremely docile, friendly and have an affectionate temperament with humans. They are fun to interact with. There is no aggressiveness with children or adults, even from non-castrated males. They are very intelligent and can be trained as easily and, as even quicker than a dog.
2) They feed primarily on pasture in the summer and on dry hay in the winter, requiring only a few grams of feed per day (compared to an average of 5 lbs in usual breeds).3) The size. Adults can grow to between 150-250 lbs (compared to 700 lbs and more for other breeds!)
Other characteristics: They are short and round, very hairy, with a very short muzzle (grazers experts!) They have beautiful wattles( or Piripiri in Maori ) under the chin. They do not runaway, they quickly learn the use of a net or the electric fence, and they can stay outdoors 3 seasons (although shelter against the wind is required, they do not fear the rain). In the winter, a rough shelter or cold barn is in order, with plenty of straw or hay. A heat lamp is used for the young piglets in the winter or when under - 10 ° C only. Days without strong wind, if the snow does not exceed their height, they are not above a little outing to explore around!
History of the breed
Kune Kune pigs probably arrived in New Zealand, where they have been present since at least the1800s. It is the Maori people of New Zealand who raised them, or perhaps they even got a trade from local whalers. The breed has almost become extinct in the 1970s, while only fifty pigs Kune Kune purebred were listed in New Zealand. Breeders rescued the breed and export began in the United Kingdom in 1992, 1993 and 1996. They were then exported to the United States in 1996, 2005, 2010 and in 2012.
They arrived in Canada in 2012, and they are here for the first time in Quebec. We are proud to have a good and diversified genetic pool to provide a strong and promising offspring.
KuneKune pigs are purebred and we are members in good standing of the AKKPS (American Kune Kune Pig Society).