International Kunekune Pig Preservation Project

 

An AKPR Sanctioned project for Kunekune Pig preservation through utilization.

 

The "Project" is the brainchild of AKPR Founder, Lori Enright, and has taken the lead in promoting the Kunekune Pig for its incredible ability to graze grass cleanly and thrive on little more than pasture all while turning it into beautifully succulent, red, well-marbled and delicious tasting pork. This, along with copious amounts of excellent, pure white fat and beautifully unblemished leaf lard.

 

The AKPR is the first organization to promote the breed in the USA securing its status around the world as pig perfect for large or small farms, urban/city farms, homesteaders, pastured pork production, charcutiers, home butchery, farm to table eateries, and the list goes on.

 

A growing number of Kunekune Pig breeders and farmers in countries around the world are recognizing the added value the breed can bring to their many varied operations. These dedicated breeders wish to honor the legacy set forth by the Maori people of New Zealand and have taken on the responsibility to preserve the breed through its utilization as a meat animal.

 

The AKPR seeks to access the hard data that these unparalleled breeding programs can provide to the historic record of the Kunekune Pig breed all across the globe. All breeders of purebred, registered Kunekune Pigs are invited to become one of the valued members of the Project and to join us in providing this much needed data with the goal of a secure future for the Kunekune Pig breed. *The data that is collected and recorded by the Project will be provided to its members and calculations for selection of breeding pairs to optimize production in their operations will be supplied by the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement.

Project Members will be able to participate in three aspects of Kunekune Pork Production in the following ways: 

1.  CARCASS MERIT - measurements of loin eye and back fat will be taken on breeding and production stock to track averages among herds who are intentionally selected for market type.  Weights, body condition scores, rate of gain, carcass quality and yield, are among the quantifying values to be attained. Scores will be recognized with merits from AKPR.  

2.  EPDs - Expected Progeny Differences - data will be collected from AKPR Registered Breeders to determine futurity of selected breeding boars and sows to produce the highest quality market animals.   EPDs are usually calculated for birth, growth, maternal, and carcass traits and are reported in the same units of measurement as the trait (normally in pounds).  AKPR will keep these scores as well as track the progress of each particular breeding program with such information as highest producing sow/boar, highest numbers weaned, working age for boars, age at first estrus, age at first parity for gilts, traits passed on such a number of teats, wattles, etc.   

3.  NUTRIENT DENSITY - breeders will have the opportunity to provide samplings of their pork for testing by a certified laboratory to measure nutrient density of vitamins, minerals, Omega-6s/Omega-3s, etc. Tracking of this information alongside the methods by which the pork is produced will provide AKPR Members with valuable data on the best production models for the breed ultimately benefiting their consumers.   

*Participating Herds*

The USA Herd

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Dayhen Farm

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Black Valley Farm 

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Heritage Haus Farm

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Riley's Ridge Farm

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Winding Branch Farm 

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Bel Canto Farm

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Ohio Valley Kunekunes

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Long Island Kunekunes

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Elmbrooke Farms  

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Kunekune Preserve

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Ivanleigh Farms

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Arennelle Farm 

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Rainier Ranch

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Whispering Wind Farm 

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Corva Bella Farm

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Chivalrous Family Farm

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Happy Valley Farm

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Green Acres Farm

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Mkono Farm

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Lonedove Farm

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LOLA Sonoma Farms

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East 80 Farmstead

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The Grass Is Greener Farm

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Rocky Creek Ranch Kunekunes

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Grade Eh

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The Chicken Coop

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Moon Hollow Ranch

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DEW Farms

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Dalton's Family Farm

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OldmcMitchell's Farm

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Grazing Hill Farms

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East Island Farm

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Rocky Creek Ranch Kunekunes

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