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We Sell Pigs, We Sell Pork, We Don't Sell P*t$!

Posted 6/24/2020 2:34pm by Lori Enright.

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When I first started with Kunekune Pigs, I was the ONLY SOURCE for obtaining breeding stock in North America!  This made it easy to sell seed stock and plant breeding programs all across the country.  As the years have progressed and those farming the Kunekune Pig breed have greatly increased, buyers now have many options.  I have kept my pricing very similar to what it has always been and that price point exceeds those of pretty much any other Registered Breeder out there.  In the "early years", my experience was limited and while I tried to well represent my breeding program by only selling what I believed to be excellent stock, I had only a reasonable suggestion of what the outcome would actually be based on what I had observed when visiting farms in New Zealand and later sourcing stock in England.

After 14 years since my first litter was farrowed, I have worked diligently to improve the breed in type and kind with a heavy emphasis on production and pork quality.  I have taken the breed to an extreme in some sense and mistakes have been made.  It can be uncomfortable to see farms following the path which I have forged and repeating those same mistakes.  Now, the pendulum is swinging back the other way while I continue to fine tune and create new optics for the "perfect" Kunekune Pig for pasture, pork, and profit.  As many have seen and some have lamented, the pigs I produce today are different from those of my initial pairings.  Why is that?  Well, several things, but first would be that my initial pairings were only between those that I had imported from the UK in 2005.  They were the product of a program who considered the breed to be their "pet breed".  For that reason, my initial imports were "quite lovely" with distinct conformation and type, but as I was to learn, they were also small and less robust than what was to come.

Today, I produce what I call "pork type" with years of experience to that end and offer only a very few to go on to become producers.  I sell very few pigs as seed stock anymore.  This is typical of pig farming....production is intended to create pigs for market and only on a very infrequent occasion one is selected to replace sows or inject new genetics or move on to impact another farm for production elsewhere.  The Kunekune Pig community is unusual in that regard.  Because the breed is thought of as suitable as a pet, breeders and farmers keep one foot on the market side of things and one foot on the pet side.  That doesn't work.  The idea that one can do both is folly as the two are intrinsically opposed one to the other.  One is breeding down in size and the other is breeding for increased size.  One considers anything less than meeting the Breed Standard as pork, the other floods the market with substandard pigs at reduced pricing which also negatively affects the optics on the breed by outsiders.

We sell pigs, we sell pork, we don't sell p*t$!

 

Royal Pork

We breed pigs.  We cook pigs.  We sell pigs.  Deep roots and new found friendships go back to royal lands whether it be the UK, New Zealand, or Canada.  The British have made a mark on our farm.  We are artisan farmers crafting the perfect pigs for your table.  Order a whole pig, select cuts, or reserve a boucherie pig for your own tasty event.  Feast like a King!