Kunekune Pigs are lard type hogs perfect for charcuterie and country hams.  They are rare, compact, colorful, and extremely docile pigs from New Zealand.  They are known as the "Maori Pig" and while their origin is unknown, it has been determined that they are of Asian descent.  The Maori people did not keep them in confinement, but allowed them to freely move in and out of the village huts.  This may be the reason that they are not prone to roam.  They are uniquely able to do well on grass with next to nothing in the way of supplementation and are known to graze rather than root.  For this reason, the Kunekune Pig has been deemed the "the Grazing Pig".  Like backyard poultry, Kunekune Pigs are the next best thing for urban and community farms.


For more information regarding the breed, the Breed Standard, or to locate breeders near you, see the Foundation Registry for the United States and Canada at

Winston, Champion Te Whangi Boar

The Grazing Pig

Kunekune Pigs are the only breed of swine known to fatten on grass with so very little needed in the way of supplementation.  Their wide head, dished face, and short, upturned snout speak to their ability and tendency to graze rather than root.


True preservation can only come through utilization of the animal as food creating a demand in perpetuity.  True Kunekune preservation can only come through an understanding of correct Kunekune type which speaks to their purpose as a grazing pig.....

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