We have Kunekune pigs here at Shankend, originally kept and prized by Maoris in New Zealand. In the 1970’s, the Kunekune breed became almost extinct in New Zealand until two wildlife park owners began a breeding program to save them. They managed to find only 18 pigs that were true Kunekunes and in the early 1990’s Zoe Lindop imported the first of the breed into the UK.
The link below is a feature from the BBC at DaleHouse Farm in the Yorkshire Dales where our first sow, Wiggo, was born.
Kunekune pigs are friendly, intelligent, gentle natured little hairy pigs born in a variety of colours. They are the smallest domesticated breed of pig in the world and love human company as you can see from our gallery below: