Have you always wanted to have some pigs in your farm? Then, the kunekune is probably what you need.
Females max out at around 170 pounds while males at around 250. The British Kunekune Pig Society describes the kunekune is a type of small pig. There are several theories surrounding their origin, such as the possibility that early sealers and whalers took them, released for breeding, and culled for food for their next voyage.
They could also have been taken by people who decided to settle to farm in the country. Kunekune could also have been a mixture of pigs from different sources. But, no matter what their origins might be, there is no doubt that they have now become charming and irresistible little pigs.
Virginia Kunekunes listed several exciting benefits of raising kunekune pigs in farms as well as the many uses of the delightful breed. For starters, kunekune pigs are friendly and docile animals that make handling them easy.
The breed is also cost effective to raise because of their ability to graze. They don’t destroy root and pastures like other breeds of pigs. They won’t destroy your farm fences either.
If your purpose for farming is to have your own pork production, you will know first had where your food comes from and how they are raised. It is also a wonderful learning experience for the kids to raise livestock. You will also find enjoyment knowing that you are making a big difference in the preservation of a heritage breed.
Kunekune pigs can also save you time when it comes to cutting grass. They can also provide manure that you can use for your garden as compost. They can even clean up your orchard or garden for you.
This article from Eco Farming Daily discusses everything you need to know about kunekune pigs and why they are just the perfect animal for small farms.
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