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Meet me on the homestead – Kunekune pigs

Our baby “War Pigs” have grown up and that includes Haka, the littlest runt from the litter of December 2017.

 If you were at the Heights Church for the Christmas Eve services in 2017, you were able to see a litter of 3 day old baby kunekunes. (I added a few photos below)

So here is a picture of Haka, Our “little War Pig. ” And guess what? His first book children’s will be out soon. We will keep you updated!

Kunekunes are an AMAZING breed of pigs that we have had on our homestead for over 5 years now. We use them often when people request us to come and share our animals as part of a “petting zoo program.” Mama Pumpkin is one of our most requested animals to share. 

Our family jokes that they are called “War Pigs” because they were (extra buffed out via CGI) in the war scene for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. See the clip below that we found on youtube.

 

Kunes are a very docile and gentle pig, making them a great addition to a homestead. They are more like having big hairy dogs than having pigs.
 

Originally from New Zealand, the pigs have made a comeback here in the US as well as the UK. Their name means “fat and round” in the Maori language. They come in a variety of colors including black and white, brown and white, solid ginger, solid cream/fawn, solid brown, solid black, and ginger and black. 

These hairy pigs can reach 300 pounds or more however, making them the largest of the miniature breeds or the smallest of the meat breeds. They are a pasture pig that eats primarily grasses and fresh fruits and veggies. We do not feed our kunes any commercial pig feeds and we have rescued a few of our kunes who were being fed dog food. Not a great choice for these gentle giants.  Being that they are pasture pigs, ours like to graze in the same field as our horses. And they love tomatoes, strawberries and other fresh goodies. 

2017 Kunekunes – favorite pigs

Have you gotten a chance to see our baby “War Pigs”? If you were at the Heights church for the Christmas Eve services, you got a chance to see these little cuties.  Shelby and I (Kris) decided to bring these little guys to share although because they were only 3 days old, no one could pet them. 

Kunekunes are an AMAZING breed of pigs that we have had on our homestead for over 4 years now. (We actually just sold off all of our yorkshire meat pigs last month and only have our kunes again. ) We use them often when people request us to come and share our animals as part of a “petting zoo program.” Mama Pumpkin is one of our most requested animals to share. 

Our family jokes that they are called “War Pigs” because they were (extra buffed out via CGI) in the war scene for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. See the clip below that we found on youtube.

 

Kunes are a very docile and gentle pig, making them a great addition to a homestead. They are more like having big hairy dogs than having pigs.

Originally from New Zealand, the pigs have made a comeback here in the US as well as the UK. Their name means “fat and round” in the Maori language. They come in a variety of colors including black and white, brown and white, solid ginger, solid cream/fawn, solid brown, solid black, and ginger and black. 

These hairy pigs can reach 300 pounds or more however, making them the largest of the miniature breeds or the smallest of the meat breeds. They are a pasture pig that eats primarily grasses and fresh fruits and veggies. We do not feed our kunes any commercial pig feeds and we have rescued a few of our kunes who were being fed dog food. Not a great choice for these gentle giants.  Being that they are pasture pigs, ours like to graze in the same field as our horses. And they love tomatoes, strawberries and other fresh goodies. 

We have 3 sows and 2 boars plus our little squishies that were born on  12/20/2017. Kunes are pregnant for 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days just like other pigs. (So Mama Pumpkin got pregnant approximately August 27th of this year.) 

Our kids raise them as part of a heritage pig breeding program and the sales of these piglets help fund some of their other 4-H and FFA projects. 

We have 6 males that will be for sale in February this year for $200 each. Please let us know if you are interested.  We can either keep them intact or castrate them depending on your needs. 

 

 

 

Piglets born on our homestead

Today we were blessed with 6 piglets on our homestead. Although we were hoping for more, these 6 are healthy and all 6 are eating well. All of these are already sold and we have a waiting list beginning for our next set of piglets. If you are interested, please message us through facebook or email us at kris@krisandlarry.com

We sell piglets for $150 at 8 weeks old, or have us raise them for you for 8 months for $800. You will still need to pay the butcher fee of about $265 at the end of the 8 months. 

Click here for our piglet options. 

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Weighing a pig with no scale

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Our BIG Mama, HAMMY and the 3 little meat pigs

We have been using the following technique to  weigh our meat pigs. 

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Griffen Measuring Pig Heart Girth

Measure around their heart girth… Easiest way to measure pig is during feeding time. 

Remember that number. For our smaller 4-1/2 month old pigs they measured about 39 inches around the heart girth (They are all about the same size.)

Next, measure from ears to tail along their spine. 

For our 4-1/2 month old meat pigs, the was 44 inches length.

Next multiply girth x girth x length.

That number came out to 39 x 39 x 44 = 66,924

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Griffen Measuring Pig Length

(Shelby says) DON’T PANIC! This is not what your pig weighs!

Now, take that answer and divide by 400. 

66,924 / 400 = 167.31

So this is the approximate current weigh of our meat pigs 167 pounds – We are right on track to them being of a good weigh for the end of March.

Our big Mama, HAMMY measured 58 heart girth by 58-1/2 length (We told you she is a big mama!!!) That comes out to 58 x 58 x 58.5 = 196,794 /400 = 491.99 pounds!!! She is due for babies in March!

This is the best info that we have found online about weighing pigs: 

http://www.thepigsite.com/articles/541/weighing-a-pig-without-a-scale/ 

The most accurate way to measure the weight of a pig is to use a specialist pig weigh. However, these can be expensive and if you only have a few pigs to weigh and a high degree of accuracy is not necessarily needed, we explain how to obtain a good estimate of a pigs weight using only a measuring tape and a calculator.

IMPERIAL – Weight of your pig in POUNDS

  1. Obtain a fabric measuring tape or a piece of string to use as a measure. If using string mark the dimensions on the string and then measure the dimensions using a steel tape measure.
  2. Place the tape/string under the pig just behind the front legs and measure the circumference of the pigs girth in inches. This measurement is known as theHeart Girth (see graphic)
  3. Then measure the Length of the pig along its back from the base of its ears to the base of its tail, again in inches. (see graphic)
  4. To calculate the pigs weight, first square the Heart Girth to get the Girth Result.
  5. Now Multiply the Girth Result by the Length and DIVIDE by 400.
  6. You now have the weight of your pig in Pounds.
Girth Measurement Length Measurement

Example:

  • Porky Pig has a Heart Girth of 50 inches and a Length of 40 inches.

  • Squaring the Heart Girth (50 x 50) = 2500 = Girth Result

  • Multiply the Girth Result (2500) by the Length (40) and divide by 400 = 250 Pounds.

Piglets and Pig Raising

ABM_1452190835Purchase Piglet $150.00 and take it home with you.

OR

Purchase a piglet and have us raise it for you.

We grow, feed and care for them for 8 months.

Pay in full: $720 ($90/month) (additional processing fee payable to the butcher house)
or monthly: $100/month for 8 months due on the 1st of the month. (additional processing fee payable to the butcher house)

The fees cover the piglet cost (initial $150 fee), food and other fees associated with taking care of your swine. You can swing by anytime to visit your pig and see its growing progress. There is an additional fee to the processor for butchering.

 

If you are interested, please let us know through our facebook page and get on our waiting list for a spring or fall pig.  www.facebook.com/krisandlarry