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We use unrelated lines during each breeding season to ensure outcrossing of our litters.
Committed to adhering to COI breeding practices, breeding for 7% or less
We breed 16 sow lines and 10 boar lines to ensure outcrossing and a low COI.
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Pigs possess remarkable intelligence and sensitivity, rendering them suitable contenders for therapy pets or emotional support animals. KuneKune pigs are perfect for therapy work because of their compact size and gentle nature. We provide the heartwarming experience of bringing our adorable pigs and piglets to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Missouri. We offer mentoring services to pig owners across the USA, helping them with their needs and providing guidance.
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COI (Cofficent of Inbreeding) is a measure of how closely related your KuneKune’s parents are. The higher the inbreeding coefficient (%), the more closely related they are to there parents. In general, higher inbreeding coefficients are associated with increased incidence of genetically inherited conditions, reduced Fertility, and reduced life span.
We rotate our pigs through nine pastures, moving them every time we rotate our goats during the Spring and Summer. Depending on the quality and quantity of pasture available you may need to supplement. We supplement our pigs with soy meal mostly in the Winter
Kunekunes are slow-growing and take their time before getting saddled with a bunch of piglets. While they are sexually mature, between five to eight months, they may not be up to reproduction for another six months. It takes some time before the males build up confidence in their seduction.
One of the reasons Kunekunes make great pets is their colorful personalities. They are gentle, loving and affectionate animals that thrive on social interaction. They have personality plus. They adore tummy rubs. As well as human company, these little creatures love interaction with other animals. So it's a good idea to buy two at a time, even better if they are from the same litter. Don't be afraid to cross graze them with other species.
Sheltering your KuneKune can be as simple as a lean-to made of plywood or a Doghouse. We have a main barn where most of our KuneKune house during the year. In our outlying Paddocks we have a combination of doghouses and lean-tos. It is important to keep them sheltered from winter winds, ice and snow storms.
What could be more enjoyable and thrilling than seeing a group of KuneKune piglets romp across the summer's warm, green grass? Do you, on the other hand, shudder at the prospect of wintering pigs on pasture and providing cold-weather care?
Most pigs today are raised entirely indoors and are fed a diet exclusively of corn and soybeans. Pigs raised outdoors on pasture and in wooded areas are able to eat a diverse diet of plants, insects and nuts, in addition to being fed silage and grain. They are exposed to sunshine and are able to forage, run, jump and root in the soil. This results in healthier animals … and more nutritious food for people as well.
Studies show the nutritional value of pork from pastured pigs that consume grass and forage is higher than pork from conventionally-raised pigs.
The gestation period for Kunekunes is 116 days, 2 days longer than most other pig breeds.The first indication that a sow is ‘in pig’ is failing to come back in season after being mated. Sows will cycle every 18-21 days, but as the signs that a sow in season shows can vary considerably, it can often be hard to determine if a sow has come back into season again after a successful mating.
I am not a big fan of vaccinations; this is a controversial topic and many breeder’s religiosity vaccinate and others do not. Most people who raise KuneKunes do it on a small scale and I believe it not necessary. Vaccines need a heavy medal like Mercery to work. I believe the cost benefit is not there to subject my pigs to toxic mental that never leaves their system. If you feel strongly about vaccines, consult your local Vet. about their recommended vaccine program
Male pigs, both intact and castrated, have tooth-like projections called tusks that grow from both the top and bottom jaw. The thick, hard, armor-like skin that covers the shoulders of boars is due to their tusks, which are utilized for fighting other boars.I strongly support routine tusk trimming even though it isn't one of my favorite KuneKune activities. Although boars can be housed together and kunekunes are a placid breed, a hierarchy must still be formed through sparring. It may get fairly rough, and having tusked boars makes it more dangerous.
At KuneKuneBreeders.com, you'll discover a wealth of articles covering every aspect of raising KuneKunes, as well as information on the breeding stock that's currently available.
Potential harvest time for KuneKunes
Native KuneKunes are a kind of lard-back pig that hasn't changed much throughout the years. They need fewer resources to thrive, yet they develop at a slower rate.
Beautiful and flavorful fat marries the flesh of a Kune Kune, which ranges in color from dark pink to crimson. Both the taste and the nutritional value of the meat are excellent.
At 12–14 months of age, a Kune Kune pig will gain 175-220 pounds, which is the butcher weight for traditional cuts. But there are a lot of uses for pigs that are 2 months old and up to 5 years old:
From two to nine months, roast the meat in an oven over a spit, in a caja china or smoker, often with a 100-pound weight.
9–12 months: 120–150 lbs of bulk sausage (save the finest cuts for total sale).
From 11 to 18 months: charcuterie and cuts. Premium charcuterie is made from pigs that are three years old and older. 175 to 250 pounds max.
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