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Do you raise Kunes for meat?

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:53 am
by simon
I am interested to know how many people are raising kunekunes for meat or purely as a pet.

kunekunes for meat

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:49 am
by Di
Hi Simon
I am seriously thinking about kunekunes for meat. Probably only making sausages. I breed piglets and think that this year, unless a boar is ordered early I will not bother to castrate them but rear them on for sausages. Will still sell the gilts for pets or breeding.

There is an interesting discussion on the River Cottage website. Have a look. ... +kune+meat

I would be interested to hear if you go ahead and how you get on.


Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:26 pm
by Lynn Hunter
Yes I have done Kunes for meat. Again only the boys. 4 young (10mths)
We had lovely small joints and sausages. Joints can be a little fatty. Boar that didn't prove himself went at 3 and I was surprised that at that age the sausages were not fatty at all. I have three young boys going in the middle of Feb, if not sold before, and we are going to try one as bacon. I like Di have had the boys castrated but won't bother again.

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:35 pm
by Paula
When starting our small holding I was looking for a suitable pig for us and that is how I came into kunekune pig keeping. We are self sufficient in meat and veg. I adore them in every way and we do eat them too. Our first pig is in the freezer we loved him to bits and the kids named him Bacon. It was'nt as bad as I thought, maybe because we always new he was for the freezer. He has done us proud and produced enough for us, and every bit is tasty, we are not to keen on belly pork and have just bought a sausage machine so will let you know how that goes, trying it this weekend! We have also done lambs and hoping to get a calf this year.

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:41 pm
by CarolineB
I've voted "yes" as this is what we bought the piglets for - 3 boys and 2 girls. The aim is to breed from the girls and eat the boys - the boys are 10 months old this month so we reckon they're ready to go. they finally look big enough!

What age/size are other people sending their pigs?


Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:10 pm
by simon
CarolineB wrote:the boys are 10 months old this month so we reckon they're ready to go. they finally look big enough!
I'd like to hear how you get on with the abatoir/butchers and of course the cooking...

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:09 pm
by nick butler
We love all our pigs, but unfortunatly if some dont sell, we send them off, normally at 8-10 months, otherwise we would be over-run with pigs/piglets, the meat is very nice and we know that the pigs have had a great life and been well treated, i think we have to accept that although we treat pigs as pets, they have always been treated as food by farmers, and as such reality kicks in,

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:12 pm
by nick butler
forgot to add,
the abbatoir we use(forgive the spelling) charges ?22 per pig (any size), its then in 2 sides and luckily a friendly butcher helps to bone/roll/joint/sausage the meat in exchange for a couple of joints, not a bad deal i reckon