Image by American Kunekune Pig Society
A heritage breed from New Zealand once near extinction, Kunekues are now growing in number and gaining popularity among small farms, in sustainable farming systems, in permaculture designs, and with chefs, charcutiers, caterers, etc.
Kunekune pigs are unique in that they are relatively small, not prone to root or roam, typically extremely docile in temperament, and suitable for small acreage and homesteads. Their gourmet meat is red and well marbled, unlike the white, lack luster pork from commercial hogs you would find in most grocery stores or mainstream hog farmers.
Known as the "grazing pig," Kunekunes are extremely efficient on grass and hay with little need for supplemental feed. Kitchen and garden scraps help to fill in any gaps. Feeding corn or soy may make them too fat and will change the fatty acid profile from healthy Omega-3 rich meat to an unhealthy and inflammatory Omega-6 laden junk food. This would also cause an excess of lard upon butchering.
At Higher Ground, our conservation breeding program focuses on body conformation for meat production and natural, sustainable animal husbandry in order to provide both quality breeding stock as well as completely chemical-free, non-GMO, humanely raised, healthy, nutrient-rich pork for our family and yours. We only retain and sell breeding animals that are structurally sound, naturally hardy and have docile temperaments.
Holistic & Sustainable
Our animals are treated holistically by an experienced Herbalist with appropriate alternative natural solutions to any issues that may arise. As such, our animals have uncompromised immune function and are less prone to illness. We view conventional medications as harmful rather than helpful in most all scenarios, as it is a slippery slope once you start using immune system destroying chemical cocktails to attempt to mimic what nature does best. Conversely, supporting their whole body health with herbs allows them to mount appropriate, innate immune response to ward off and recover rapidly from illness. By using plant medicine cultivated or foraged locally, or practices are both holistic and sustainable.
Importance of Registration
Rest assured that the Kunekune you long for is 100%, DNA tested, purebred when purchasing registered breeding stock from Higher Ground. This means there are no other breed influences that may detract from the highly sought after qualities of the Kunekune, such as temperament, grazing ability, tendency not to root or roam, and meat quality.