Breeding Kune Kunes
Breeding Kune Kunes has been our passion for 5 years, we researched and finally made the decision to breed 3 years ago in Virginia and since that time we have never looked back.
A breeder is more than someone who sells you a cute piglet! There are many responsibilities that are required of them by the registry to get you a registered KuneKune pig. There are other responsibilities that are not required by the registry but we feel to go beyond what’s needed is a move towards perfection.
A good first step for someone looking to purchase a KuneKune is to join the registry. There is a lot of great information as well as access to the herd book. The COI (Coefficient of Inbreeding) feature allows you to run trial breeding for the two pigs that you choose.
When looking for a piglet look within and outside of your area for a reputable breeder. Purchasing your KuneKune is a big investment – close and/or cheap will not necessarily get you the piglet that you will be happy with long term! Communicate with the breeders that you are considering. Ask for pictures and videos of both the piglet you are considering and also of the parents. Ask to see the parent’s pedigrees. If a breeder is not willing to spend time talking and emailing with you move on to another breeder. The breeder you choose is going to be the key to succeeding with your KuneKunes when you are first getting started!
We are available for those who would like to visit and see our small her of Kune Kune pigs.
Registering a piglet is easy:
- The breeder must own pigs that are fully registered (not pet registered) within the same registry.
- The breeder must own the sow at the time of farrowing. The breeder is not required to own the boar of the litter.
- Only the breeder/owner of the sow at the time of farrowing can register the piglets.
- The breeder must first do a litter notification either on line or via mail. Once this has been submitted the registrar will return the submission with assigned names and numbers which will be used during the rest of the registration process.
- The breeder pulls hairs and submits them to UC Davis for DNA Parent verification.
- The breeder must microchip/tattoo/ear tag the piglets.
- The final step once all of the above is done is to register the piglets to the new owner.
Wow! Those are quite a few steps and a lot of organized dedication to get a piglet registered but that is the required responsibility of a breeder! We typically get papers to customers within a month after purchase.
If you decide to transfer your ownership filling out the transfer form found on the AKKPS website and attaching the original registration pedigree and the new owner can submit via regular mail.
So those are the minimum / basic requirements of a breeder to sell a registered piglet but what about all of the other services and responsibilities that go along with selling a piglet but are not necessarily a requirement but the choice of the breeder.
A reputable breeder should help you with pedigrees and choosing pigs that will compliment each other and your program. The breeder should ask you questions about your goals in owning a Kune Kune pig.
A reputable breeder should be more than willing to help you after the piglets go to your home if you choose to take advantage of this help. They should check in with you periodically to make sure everything is going smoothly and ask if you need any questions answered. During these conversations, the breeder should verify that you have received your registration papers. The breeder should be available to answer questions when it is time to breed your pigs if that is part of your plan. They should be willing to help you walk through the registration process for the first time if help is needed.
We understand that finding a reputable Kune Kune breeder is important, we hope this will help you to find the pig/piglet you are looking for.