Love My Livestock Breed: KuneKune Pigs

KuneKune pigs are gentle on the land and bring a calm disposition to the homestead. And their red, marbled meat is hard to beat!

by Hobby Farms HQ
PHOTO: Courtesy of Anna Cortell Brown

KuneKunes are a unique breed of grazing-type pig that originated in New Zealand and were imported into the United States beginning in 1995. KuneKune means “fat and round” in the language of the Māori people of New Zealand.

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KuneKune’s are known as a lard pig, meaning they’re a fatter breed. They have a red, deeply marbled meat considered to be charcuterie-grade. The quality of pork is unsurpassed in flavor and quality.

Read more: Meet the adorable KuneKune pigs of Halbert Farm!

Some of their best qualities are in their gentle nature. But farmers and homesteaders appreciate the KuneKune as they’re very gentle on the land with minimal rooting, respectful to boundaries and fences and easily contained.

With minimal rooting, they’re an ideal choice for farmers who partake in rotational grazing. They also make a great fit for regenerative farming. Their easy-to-work-with nature make KuneKunes ideal for beginner homesteads and established farms alike.

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For more information, visit the American KuneKune Pig Society website; Facebook; or Instagram.

—Jamie McIntyre, Chairman of the Board American KuneKune Pig Society

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Hobby Farms magazine.

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