We're very particular about our breeding stock and use a hands-on (literally) approach with our little ones right from birth.
Kune Kune Pigs are a naturally small Heritage breed from New Zealand. They have been raised by the Maoris as family for the last seven or eight hundred years. As such they are very friendly and welcome human interaction, which makes for great pets.
Desirable traits are multi color and double wattles. They do not have sweat glands and need a wallow to cool off; however, we bought several sand boxes, which have strong sides, filled them with water and these are a real hit with our herd.
Kunes are primarily a pasture pig and will graze freely on most types of grass with little or no supplements. Their needs are fairly simple: clean water, access to food sources, and human interaction. They love a scratch behind the ears or a belly rub.
Kunes can be used to mow your lawn, clean up vineyards and orchards and much more. They enjoy fallen fruit and most weeds. Since they have a short flattened snout they tend not to root and tear up pastures.
They are exceptionally laid back and accept new experiences and strangers without any drama.
They are used for petting zoos and therapy animals, interacting with other species easily.
Kune meat is highly sought after by higher end restaurants for their flavor and tenderness.