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 â€śfat and roundâ€ť in the language of the MaĚ„ori people of New Zealand.
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KuneKuneâ€™s are known as a lard pig, meaning theyâ€™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.
Some of their best qualities are in their gentle nature. But farmers and homesteaders appreciate the KuneKune as theyâ€™re very gentle on the land with minimal rooting, respectful to boundaries and fences and easily contained.
With minimal rooting, theyâ€™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.
â€”Jamie McIntyre, Chairman of the Board American KuneKune Pig Society
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue ofÂ Hobby FarmsÂ magazine.