by Brenda Eldridge
Kunekune pastured pork is gaining popularity across the country, these “grazing pigs” have the ability to thrive on little more than grass and yet still provide delicious marbled pork surrounded by beautiful white lard. Their short upturned snouts make them suitable grazers and less prone to root than other breeds of swine.
Since kunekunes are a small, docile breed of swine with laid back, friendly personalities they are perfect for the first time pig owner. Why not enjoy raising the animal that will sustain your family rather than fighting a thousand pound pig! They are disinclined to roam and do not test fencing, they will follow you anywhere on the farm or calmly walk up the trailer ramp to load. All in all they are a very hardy heritage breed that is able to acclimate to any climate or region.
Many breeders have discovered their own niche marketing for this pastured pork in Farmers Markets, Restaurants or their own home butchery, perfect for charcuterie. Put them in your orchard to clean up all dead fruit but leaving your trees unharmed!
This is Radar, our Karakachan, a livestock guardian dog from Bulgaria.
Protecting your livestock from predators
and most especially from your neighbors dogs should be a number one priority.