Kune Kune Pigs

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Pigs are very social animals. They live communally, learn from one another, forage together and are capable of acting strategically. The domestic pigs kept here have been known in New Zealand as a free-range breed for over three centuries. Their name: Kune Kune.

The exact origins are uncertain, however the enduring close contact with humans is most likely the basis for their very friendly, calm and amiable disposition.

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Kune Kunes are fairly small pigs with short legs, a stocky and rotund body and a blunt, slightly protruding snout. Unique to this breed are the piri piri (small lobes) on the lower jaw.

Kune Kunes come in a multitude of resplendent colours, e.g. ginger (orange-brown), ginger & black, black, black & white, brown and cream. With their dense coat and their hardy constitution they can easily cope with our climatic conditions and are well-adapted to year-round outdoor husbandry.

European Kune Kune Pig Society 4

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In spring 2014, three one-year old sows were brought to the station, where they gave birth to two litters of piglets in autumn 2014 and summer 2015. At the moment, our herd consists of 39 fully mature pigs, 19 boars and 20 sows, which form a well-structured social network. 

To avoid inbreeding the male offspring have been made infertile by vasectomy at the age of five months, not by castration, so they are able to develop their natural behaviour as boars and can occupy their place in the hierarchy of the natural sounder.

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Kune Kune pigs are grazing, and find their main food source on the pasture: a good mixture of clover and grass. Additionally, once a day they are fed with various fruits and vegetables, bread wholegrain and corn.

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