On Sunday, my Mom and I officially closed our herd with us getting three more bloodlines. All three of them are from rare bloodlines named Tutanekai, Haunene and also Awakino. I will be writing about these lines in future bloodlines posts. We will be working with them to improve them in the future. We got three adorable piglets named Lorenzo (Tutanekai/Wilsons Gina) boar, Angelica (Awakino/Tutanekai) gilt and Francesca (Haunene/Whakanui) gilt. We got these three rare piglets from Suwannee Valley Kunekunes. We are going to breed Francesca to our Ru boar Benny to improve her head type and snout. Benny has the shortest, wide head with massive jowls out of all our boars.
I am very excited that our herd is closed. My Mom and I have spent the past year picking out pigs for lots of diversity and options for breedings. Now we can start improving and breeding for what we want in our herd and retain piglets. My favorite traits I like to have in Kunes are a bigger, stockier body for meat production, a short dished snout, large or floppy ears, large eyes, colorful piglets and big jowls. I am also a fan of not having to drive to get any more pigs.
A closed herd is when you have no outside influence in your herd. You don’t bring new pigs into your farm at all. The only new pigs you will get are from retaining the best conformation piglets from your litters. Having a closed herd is also important for biosecurity. Anytime someone visits our farm we have them wear non farm shoes and dip their feet in a bleach bath.
In our herd we currently have.
- Chickie (Jenny/Ru)
- Cassiopia (Trish/Ru)
- Hilda (Jenny/Andrew)
- Anna (Rona Boris)
- Giovanna (Trish/Ru)
- Elisabetta (Wilsons Gina/Boris)
- Angelica (Awakino/Tutanekai)
- Francesca (Haunene/Whakanui)
- Augusta (Rona/Tonganui)
- Rowena (Trish/Andrew)
- Domenico (Andrew/Kereopa)
- Dante (Mahia Love/Wilsons Gina)
- Giuseppe (Tonganui/Wilsons Gina)
- Benedetto (Ru/Wilsons Gina)
- Luigi (Andrew/Trish)
- Lorenzo (Tutaneki/Wilsons Gina)
- General Tso (USDA) Boar
- Kung Pao (Iowa/Illinois) Boar
- Moo Shu(Illinois/Iowa) Gilt
- Shu Mai (USDA) Gilt