Kunekune Bloodlines – Kereopa

Today, for my eleventh Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Kereopa bloodline.

The Kereopa bloodline was imported into the United States in 2011 by Goose Meadow Farm. They imported Barton Hill Kereopa 28 Contessa. All Kereopa pigs in the USA can be traced back to Contessa.

(Photos taken by Goose Meadow Farm)

Pioneer Kereopa II, BKKPS 27 was the first Kereopa in the BKKPS herdbook. I couldn’t find any photos of Pioneer.

I asked people on Facebook their favorite parts about the Kereopa line and a photo of their favorite Kereopa sow. Below is a gallery of all the pictures they shared. Hover over the photos to get their name and farm name.

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Kunekune Bloodlines – Boris

Today, for my tenth Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Boris bloodline.

The first Boris boar was named Boris NZ 0857. Katie Rigby imported the Boris line into the US in 1995. She imported LOA Tutaneki NZ 2014. I sadly could not find any pictures of these pigs.

The current oldest living Boris is LOA Pretty Boy Floyd. He is ten years old and is owned by Cyndi Berry of the Kunekune Preserve.  I was able to meet Floyd when I visited the Kunekune Preserve he is a beautiful boar. He is where it started all the Boris pigs in the US can be traced back to him. Cyndi has been working on and improving the Boris line for a long time.

(Photo taken by the Kunekune Preserve)

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Pretty Boy Floyd

I asked people on Facebook their favorite part about the Boris line and to share a photo of their favorite Boris Boar. Below is a gallery of all the pictures they shared. Hover over the photos to get their name and farm name.

I am going to write about the Kereopa  bloodline for my next bloodlines post.

 

 

Kunekune Bloodlines – Sally

Today, for my ninth Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Sally bloodline.

The Sally line was imported to the United States in 2010 by Goose Meadow Farm who also has imported Ru, Trish, Kereopa, Awakino, BH Tutaki and BH Rebecca Gina bloodlines. The pig that was imported to the United States was Barton Hill Sally XVIII Duchess Kate. 

(Photos taken by Goose Meadow Farm)

The first Sally imported to England was BKKPS 0131 Charming Sally. Sire: NZ 1100 Mako Mahia IV Dam: NZ 1260 Highland Chloe 1.

I asked people on Facebook their favorite part about the Sally line and to share a photo of their favorite Sally sow. Below is a gallery of all the pictures they shared. Hover over the photos to get their name and farm name.

Kunekune Bloodlines – Te Whangi

Today for my eighth Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Te Whangi bloodline.

The first Te Whangi was a black boar named Willowbank 189 Mr. Magoo. He was purchased by a man named J. Te Whangi in 1978. Mr. Magoo Died in 1988. I couldn’t find any pictures of Mr. Magoo to add.

The first Te Whangi boar imported to the United States was a boar named Winston. He was imported by Lori Enright/ The USA Herd. He was bred in Dorset, England by Andy & Maureen Case of Long Ash Farm.

(Photos take by The USA Herd)

I asked people on Facebook their favorite part about the Te Whangi line and to share a photo of their favorite Te Whangi boar. Below is a gallery of all the pictures they shared. Hover over the photos to get their name and farm name.

My next Kunekune bloodlines post  will be about the Sally  bloodline.

 

 

Kunekune Bloodlines – Andrew

Today for my seventh Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Andrew boar line. We have three Andrew boars right now. They are Cedric, Cornelius and Kingsley. We are going to keep Cedric as a barrow and raise the other two out. We will probably keep Cornelius and raise Kingsley into meat. Cornelius has much shorter and fatter legs, a good top line, a high tail set and massive ears but we are still evaluating him. Boars change a lot as they go through their teenage phase.

We had named all of the piglets after Harry Potter characters but Cornelius’s great grandpa is also named Cornelius. You can see him in the photo gallery below. He lives at Black Valley Farm and I got to see him in person two weeks ago.

The Andrew line was imported into the USA by Lori Enright in 2005. The pig was a boar named USA Andrew 1 – Thatcher. Thatcher was also the first registered pig in the USA herd book.

An Andrew piglet in New Zealand (NZ # 1764) was registered as Charming Andrew. Its parents were Mako Mahio (Sire) IV (NZ 1100) x Highland Chloe (Dam) (NZ 1260). NZ 1100’s original number was 390 and he was sired by Mahia I (A25). A lot of Andrew’s can be traced back to Mahia I.

A New Zealand breeder named Pat Leek named the Andrew line, when Andy Case imported the first Andrew boar to the UK.

I asked some people on Facebook what their favorite trait and a picture of their favorite Andrew boar. Below is a gallery of all the pictures they shared. Hover over the photos to get their name

For my next Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Te Whangi bloodline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Trip to the Kunekune Preserve

Yesterday My Mom and I traveled up to North Carolina to meet Cyndi Berry, and we got a new piglet. The piglet we got is a black Wilsons Gina/Boris named Elisabetta or Lizzie for short. Her mother is Portrait / USA Wilsons Gina 1. Portrait has produced the most championship sows and is the USA Herd’s first Wilsons Gina. She is our first solid black pig. Now we need a cream to have all the colors.

Cyndi has been working with Kunes for a very long time and it shows with how many incredible pigs she has. Cyndi gave us a long tour around her farm and introduced us to a lot of beautiful championship pigs and rare new bloodlines. My favorite pigs were Portrait and Ginger, Ginger is our Hilda’s Mom. Hilda looks very similar to her mom as did Gingers current litter of piglets. They were the most friendly piglets I have ever met. We also met our boar Giuseppe’s Grandma and Great Grandma Cali and Portrait.

Cyndi has been working with this breed for a long time and only breeds the best pigs. Even her meat pigs which she calls “business pigs” were beautiful.

When we went to visit the boars I saw the biggest wallow ever created, it was the size of a small pond. I thought our wallows were big – not anymore. It was amazing how big some of the boars were. I can’t wait till our boars get that big and majestic.

 

For my next post I will be finishing my Kunekune bloodlines post about Andrew.

KuneKune Bloodlines – Wilsons Gina

Today for my seventh Kunekune bloodlines post I will be writing about the Wilsons Gina bloodline. We have three boars with Wilsons Gina sow lines on our farm. They are our three boars Benedetto, Dante and Giuseppe.

Wilsons Gina is one of the first Kunekune lines with more history of expanding the breed than more then any line has. It has created multiple other lines. It was later turned into the Willowbank Gina line then the Rebecca Gina. The first Wilsons Gina was Wilsons Gina NZ 55. Katie Rigby was the original importer of the Wilsons Gina line, she imported them from New Zealand in 1995. Cyndi Berry began working with Katie’s Wilsons Gina and has improved them and produced many incredible sows.

Wilsons Gina pigs are known for a very good temperaments, being amazing mothers and great conformation.

I asked breeders on Facebook what their favorite trait and a picture of their favorite Wilsons Gina. Below is a gallery of all the pictures they shared. Hover over the photos to get their name.

For my next Kunekune Bloodlines post I will be writing about the Andrew bloodline.