Jami McBride wrote:I'm sad to say my Kunes do the worse to the soil, tilling up a foot +.
kerri leach wrote:Do you experience the Kunes not rooting when the pasture is lush?
Stewart Lundy wrote:That worries me. My pasture is not in superb condition. Has yours been amended to get the Brix level of the grass up? I find the Kune Kunes to do little rooting, except when it is very wet. We have them on a well-established field, but the soil mineral balance is not great so the nutritional value of the forage is of inferior quality (simulating more rooting for protein in my case).
Do you rotate your pigs? I move mine once a day and will probably change this to twice a day as the numbers increase.
Johnny Niamert wrote:Can I ask what you charge for piglets, Jami?
kerri leach wrote:What area are you located in?
What are your Kunes crossed with?
Do you experience the Kunes not rooting when the pasture is lush?
Sue Miller wrote:Amedean-- the meat is excellent. Mine have a nice layer of fat on the outside of the carcass. The meat is tender and very flavorful. Kunekunes don't grow fast and big like the breeds used commercially but you also don't have to put a big expense into feeding them during the growing season.
I will also second what Renate says about litter size and pushing a small heritage breed toward bigger litters. If you are looking for production than go with a breed already suited to it. But if you are looking for "pork-in-a-small-package" that is lighter on the land and fits into permaculture systems then the kunekune has a lot going for it.
I'd say most people have been trained to be afraid of visible fat.
Amedean Messan wrote:many seem to pass on the breed with regards to meat quality claiming that it is too fatty to enjoy
Amedean Messan wrote:
Sue Miller wrote:
Small world. I'm poster #2 on that thread