Have a few questions about heritage pigs

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by trunkman, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I'm interested in getting a couple of pigs, I'd like a heritage breed that doesn't get huge, preferably a breed that doesn't grow to be over 4 or 5 hundred pounds at full maturity. I'd also like a breeding pair and am wondering if getting a male and female from the same litter is a bad idea or should I get a pair from different parents. Sorry about my ignorance, I know I can keep them healthy and happy but just don't know anything about breeding.
  2. DaisyMeadow

    DaisyMeadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2013
    Willamette Valley, OR
    I have also looked into heritage pigs quite a bit. I have not yet taken the plunge and bought any, but I think I am most interested in the Kunekune. They are heritage and smaller, you might want to look into them yourself. Best of luck with your research. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunekune
  3. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    Thanks Daisy. Kune Kune are at the top of my list, I really don't want huge pigs, just big enough for my wife and I. I want to breed once a year and sell the extra piglets.
  4. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    Be extra careful, there are plenty of liars in the pig breeding world. I was just looking for an average pot bellied baby that I could trade 4 ducks and pair of turkeys for and all I get are people saying "oh buy my mini pig $300 OBO" ... I can get a full grown hog for that price from an auction or random farmer. Anyways mini, nano, teacup, pixie, etc are not a real breed and if the breeder doesn't know the actual breed of their pigs I would stay away from them. Some pig breeders breed way too young also, pigs keep growing for like 5 years, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs, the ones sold as "teacups" do not stay 20-40lbs as some breeders claim. Some breeders also starve their pigs, only giving them 1/4 cup of feed once in the morning and once in the evening. They normally advertise the piglets at 1 day old too. Be very wary of these kinds of breeders.
    There are a lot of people who claim to have Kune Kune pigs but they also use the words mini, nano, pixie, and Juliani. The Juliani is a real breed but they shouldn't be mixed up with foney-baloney names.. When you meet a good breeder ask to see their breeding stock and to see the pigs older than 3-5 years. If they refuse move on because that would indicate they are hiding something. Just be careful and do not buy from bad breeders. These sites will help you:
    And the pig that is actually over bred to fill yucky peoples' pockets with cash http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/swine/vietnamesepotbelly/index.htm
  5. SWFkunekune

    SWFkunekune New Egg

    Aug 3, 2013
    Lancaster County, PA
    We have Kunekune breed of pigs. Our biggest boar, "Friend" is about 250 lbs at 2 years old. He is gentle enough that my 6 year old handles and pets him every day. We have a sow at almost 2 years that is about 100 lbs. That is the range of size. Kunekune are very personable and trainable. For more about the breed and to see our stock visit www.lancastercountykunekune.com[​IMG]

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