May the best boar win! (Kune Kune breed standards)

When our first piglet, Frodo, was DNA tested, we received some surprise results. His parents could not be found in the DNA registry database. While Frodo is a very good example of the breed, he can’t be registered.  We are are going to neuter him, so he will have a job as our herd barrow.

Yesterday, we received the task of judging two young boars against the breed standard.  In this blog post my Mom and I will point out the strengths and weaknesses of each pig. I personally think Little Big Man (#1)  is the better choice.

Each piglet was photographed at different angles, and individually compared to the breed standard.

BIGfeeder

MEDfeeder

The Kune Kune Breed Standard, from the AKKPS website:

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Let the best boar win!

Note from Mom: This chart is not comparing these piglets to each other. Each piglet has been individually compared to the breed standard. They only appear in columns next to each other for viewing purposes. The scores below are not one piglet versus another, they are one piglet against the breed standard above, then the other piglet against the breed standard, above.

#1
(Score against breed standard)
#2
(Score against breed standard)
HEAD
8
6
EARS
5
4
WATTLES
10
7
NECK
4
4
BODY
8
8
BACK
9
9
TAIL
4
4
LEGS
9
7
FEET
9
8
SKIN/HAIR
5
5
SEXUAL CHAR.
9
7
TEMPERAMENT
8
7
TOTAL
88
76

 

Looks like boar #1, Little Big Man, is the winner as he is closer to the breed standard than #2.  My Mom and I are not professional Kune judges, so we don’t know if our scores are on the high or low side. Little Big Man was our winner for some important reasons. Both boars are from the same litter and #1 has a size advantage. He has very defined wattles, while #2 you can’t even see them. He looks more stout and solid, like good breeding boars we’ve seen on Facebook. He’s friendlier, and as my Mom says, “he has that special something”. You can kind of see that in his pictures.

Note from Mom: This is our first exercise in judging Kunes against breed standard and is an important part of raising Kunes.  We will soon be taken to task, for we have two potential litters on the way! I hope we did a good job.

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Fellowship of the Pig

The day that I got Frodo I was pretty excited to see him. Frodo is a baby kunekune boar that weighs around 20 pounds and has very gritty nasty hair. KuneKune pigs are from New Zealand and almost went extinct. A NZ rescue group brought the pigs back to their former glory, then a breeder brought them to the United States.

KuneKune are a small breed that is excellent for homesteading and small farms. They don’t get large, they don’t root, they are docile and friendly, and their meat is similar to beef. If you have a large enough pasture, they will get enough nutrition from eating grasses. They come in a variety of colors and have wattles hanging under their neck.

Originally I was supposed to get a sow but they couldn’t catch her so I got Frodo instead. He is named after Frodo Baggins, the Hobbit in The Lord of the Rings book and movies. He is colored black and ginger. When I first went to see him I couldn’t even see him because he blended in with the hay.

He loves grapes, strawberries and apples, since that is what I having been feeding him to earn his trust. He also grazes, and gets special pig feed. Right now he is living in a friends barn and when I have a pasture up at my new house I will move him there. He doesn’t like anyone unless they have food for him then he is fine with them. I am excited to see him grow up and become a big boar.