Our herd consists of CHAMPION breeding stock! We keep beautiful pigs, genetically diverse, of substance and quality, with superior type. Currently, we have many breeding gilts and sows as well as a large number of excellent boars most of which we have produced in our breeding program. We have retained them for their exceptional qualities of a wide head, short & upturned snout, excellent conformation, and super temperament. The signature "teddy bear" head on our progeny speaks to the ability of the Kunekune Pig to graze rather than root. We NEVER ring our pigs! See photos and description of our pigs below.
CHAMPION Aged Boar, Winston (Imported Te Whangi Boar)
Our Winston is a gorgeous black/white Te Whangi boar which we imported from England in 2005. He has the desired wide head, dished face, and short upturned snout that is the Kunekune Pig. Winston recently went BEST OF SHOW at the 1st Annual AKBA Show in Chino, California. He was also Champion in the Classic Head Class. This extremely handsome and typey boar has been bred to several of our most lovely gilts/sows. Place your deposits now!
Ezra (Te Whangi Boar)
Ezra is a Ginger/Black double wattled Te Whangi boar produced from our imported pigs, Winston and Carrington. His genetics are perfect for producing piglets of quality and type with fabulous heads and short snouts.
Hamish (Imported New Zealand Boar-Mahia Love 1)
Here's Hamish....our imported New Zealand boar. He has such a wonderful head and snout, super deep through the muzzle, creating the most outstanding look on his progeny. No pointy little snouts in his litters! His bloodline is called "Mahia Love" which goes back to the first "Mahia" boar registered by the New Zealand Pig Association before the creation of the New Zealand Kunekune (Breeders') Association.
Goodfellow (USA Andrew Boar)
Goodfellow, a handsome Andrew boar by our USA Andrew, Vintage, and KKP Wilsons Gina, Silhouette. Good conformation and nicely dished face, very masculine.
Hance (Tonganui Boar by Jenny Sow)
Hance was retained for his excellent head, dished face, short snout, and excellent color. He has genetics for wattles, but lost one soon after he was born. We are looking forward to his first litters which will arrive this summer (2012). Such a sweet temperament!
Lassiter (USA Mahia Love X USA Jenny)
Lassiter, great looking Mahia Love boar is black/white, double wattled and super typey. Nice curled tail and well attached wattles. His sire is our imported boar, Hamish, and his dam is our gorgeous Jenny sow, Beautiful. He is now working at our partner farm up in Fresno, California. His progeny will start arriving in late summer 2012.
CHAMPION Brotherly Love (NZ Mahia Love X NZ Aria Giana)
Brother recently won his class of Senior Boars at the 1st Annual AKBA Show in Chino, California. Brother is a super flashy tri-colored, double wattled boar with personality plus. Son to Hamish and Marzipan, his genetics are extremely uncommon and his look is very unique. Brother is sire to some of the nicest piglets that we have produced to date. Progeny of Champion lines available....get on our waiting list with deposits to reserve his piglets now!
Karloff (KKP Boris)
Karloff is a Boris....get it? He is solid black and non-wattled. Karloff has been paired with our USA gilts/sows for improved genetic diversity. We are looking forward to his wonderful little piglets this coming summer 2012.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? DO YOU SEE THE SNOUTS ON THESE GUYS? THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Olde Reminisce Farms/USA Kunekunes has always made it our ambition to produce Kunekune Pigs of quality, substance, and type. These qualities have been the top priority of our breeding program along with the improvement of the breed by means of genetic diversity, culling, and careful selection for mating.
In the past year or so, the genetics available in this country have vastly improved. This has allowed us to be even more selective with our breeding stock and gives us the opportunity to utilize only the most outstanding examples of the breed. In an effort to produce Kunekune Pigs that not only look like Kunekune Pigs (type/traits), but also act like Kunekune Pigs (temperament/behavior), we have made some serious decisions about how to meet our high standard for the quality known as "TYPE". The "USA" breeding program at Olde Reminisce Farms will be utilizing only the highest quality progeny from some of the existing bloodlines as well as eliminating some proven breeders from our breeding program all together. The goal of producing pigs of the highest quality and preserving the very unique and beneficial qualities of a wide head, dished face, and short up-turned snout is and will remain a top priority in the breeding program at Olde Reminisce.
Olde Reminisce Farms, owned and operated by Jim & Lori Enright, is home to the USA Herd of Kunekune Pigs formerly known as "USA Kunekunes".
Jim and I discovered the fabulous characteristics of the Kunekune Pig breed when we obtained our first purebred Kunekune gilt in 1999. At the time, we had been raising commercial type breeds such as Yorkshires and crosses with the local 4H as well as some miniature breeds. We could clearly see the difference in the Kunes from the other breeds and this was even more evident when we later obtained a Kunekune Cross. The cross was much calmer and friendlier than the other breeds, but did not take on the extremely docile temperament of the Kunekune Pig breed.
Wishing to start a breeding program for Kunekunes and finding that breeding stock from the original herd of Kunekune Pigs imported from New Zealand in 1995 (by Katie Rigby of Abilene, KS) was unobtainable, we looked outside of this country for the possibilty of importing our foundation bloodlines. Jim and I imported breeding stock in 2005 from Andy & Maureen Case's Long Ash Farm of Dorset, England to begin the breeding program known as "USA Kunekunes". Our original stock consisted of the following lines: Andrew & Te Whangi (Boar Lines) and Jenny & Trish (Sow Lines). Unfortunately, the Trish sow was never to provide us with offspring so we established our breeding program with the three remaining bloodlines.
Seeing that the Kunekune Pig breed was not being promoted in the United States, we began to advertise the breed in various magazines and publications and we were the first to launch a website for the Kunekune Pig in this country. From that time, we have worked to promote, improve, and preserve the breed. We were the first to promote and to freely sell Kunekune Pigs in this country and our breeding stock began all of the breeding programs established in the United States from 2006 until 2009. With the arrival of our first litter of piglets in June of 2006, Jim and I (Co-Founders) and Kim Croix (Co-Registrar) launched the registry for the breed in America called the American Kunekune Breeders' Association. The registry was formed as a service to those who had purchased breeding stock from us and has grown to include all breeders who wish to benefit from their association with AKBA. At that time, we ramped up our efforts toward working to obtain the most diverse genetics possible from within this country and abroad.
After the redistribution of the original Rigby herd in 2007, Cyndi Berry of Kunekune Preserve inherited a portion of Ms. Rigby's pigs with which she began her breeding operation. Cyndi was kind enough to provide the pedigrees on all of Rigby's pigs and with the help of the New Zealand Kunekune Association herd books, I was able to identify three bloodlines, Tonganui (Boar), Wilsons Gina (Sow), and Rona (Sow). This proved to be quite a boon for the breed as, in 2009, KKP and USA Kunekunes worked together to combine the limited genetics from each of the breeding herds. This doubled the available bloodlines almost immediately. Sometime later, I discovered an additional Boar Line among the pedigrees of KKP which is now known as the "Boris" Boar Line. Boris boars are still very rare in this country.
The year of 2010 marked the time that we were able to partner with some of our buyers to import addtional bloodlines from New Zealand. This was the only importation directly from New Zealand since the original imports in 1995. With this import, we were able to add the Mahia Love Boar Line and the Aria Giana Sow Line. In 2011, Olde Reminsce Farms increased our available bloodlines, again, by obtaining two first generation pigs from the New Zealand imports of Sean Armstrong and Shail Pec-Crouse, owners ofTule Fog Farm. Shail has dubbed the new boar line as "Tuahuru" which means "hairy" in the Maori language. The sow line has been crowned "Tapeka" which Shail states has the meaning of "shoulder belted, swathed, or entwined".
At Olde Reminisce Farms, the Kunekune Pig is the main attraction. Our pigs are known for their quality, substance and especially for their type. We strive to produce a Kunekune that looks and acts like a Kunekune. Our pigs are small and slow growing with short legs and some length of body. We breed for a wide "teddy bear" head with a short and up-turned snout. Our pigs' ears can be erect or semi-lop but do not obstruct the eyes. We choose our "keepers" based on these and other qualities, a gentle and brave disposition, and with the requisite curly tail.
Olde Reminisce Farms raises Kunekune Pigs with the intention to improve and maintain our herd, sell quality animals to others, and to raise meat pigs for sale and use by our family.
A special thank you to:
Andy & Maureen Case - Long Ash Farm, Dorset, England
Cyndi Berry - Kunekune Preserve USA, Mt. Pleasant, NC
Sean & Shail Armstrong - Tule Fog Farm, Arcata, CA
New Zealand Kunekune Association Members