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The KuneKune Pig
Diamond Wire Farms is proud to add KuneKune pigs to our farmstead. KuneKune pigs are a fairly rare breed in the US, but are more commonly raised in New Zealand and the UK. These pigs are relatively small, primarily grass-fed, and extremely social. Kunes rarely root, challenge fences, or boss their owners. These qualities make them attractive as companions and popular hobby farm occupants. These bonuses does not detract from the original purpose of the breed. KuneKunes were raised for pork.
While the genetics of the breed origin are under debate, the history of KuneKunes is firmly rooted with the Maori people of New Zealand. The Maoris received pigs in trade from Asian and European travelers. Having not previously owned livestock, their husbandry was unconventional. The Maori did not fence their pigs or regularly feed them. What developed was a hands off selection for heritage traits. Pigs that preferred to be around people and were personable were more likely to receive scraps. Pigs that capitalized on poor forage reproduced in times of plenty and famish. The breed adopted a smaller more manageable body and litter size. They are slow to mature; lending the meat to incredible marbling. Kunes can fatten on grass alone, a remarkable trait given the pension for overfeeding and extreme growth rates in the current commercial pork industry. KuneKunes are a return to slower living.
At Diamond Wire Farms our pigs graze during the green months and in drier months are supplemented with pellets, alfalfa, pumpkins, and mash from a local cider mill. Yummm!
We are currently working on growing our breeding program. Andrew, Tuahuru, Jenny and Rona lines are well established here. This year we will see the coming of age for Wilson's Gina and Te Whangi. Next year, you can expect Rebecca Gina, Aria Giana, and even Boris lines to be added. Below is Hazel with two boars from the first litter of KuneKunes born on our farm. Contact us about joining the wait list for our 2014 litters.