What is every homesteader’s dream animal? The kind that is self-sustaining.
One of the best things about Kunekunes is their simplicity. They’re grass-fed, extremely docile, they don’t damage your fencing, and they even wean their own piglets if allowed to.
For this post, we are going to focus on the section just below the official name of the pig. Much of this information is basic and self-explanatory, but there are a few parts that need some explaining or elaboration.
Do you remember Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web? Poor, rambunctious little Wilbur that you wanted to pick up and hug? Or how about Porky Pig, with that cute little stutter and humble disposition? Oh, and Piglet, from Winnie the Pooh.
As kunekunes have become increasingly popular over the years, more and more people are turning to the internet to research the breed and get an idea of what they should look for in their future kunekune purchases.
We bought our first pigs in 2009, and they were Yorkshires. My husband and I were so excited at the idea of all the bacon in our future. And pork chops. And ham sam’iches. Not to mention the thrill of adding a new animal to our farm.
“How do you go without feeding in the winter?” “Can they live on pasture, even in the snow?” These are some of the most commonly asked questions I get, and understandably so.
It can be a scary feeling when you walk outside to feed your sweet little kune kune, and out of the blue you notice that your piglet has developed a cough.
What’s not to love about the spring time? The early hours of the day are still brisk enough that you get a gentle but ever so direct sensation when your face hits that early morning air, before the sun rises all the way.
These are three of the most common questions I get about gilts and sows.