KUNES FOR MEAT ADVICE WANTED PLEASE!

All aspects of raising and using kunekunes for meat.
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KUNES FOR MEAT ADVICE WANTED PLEASE!

Post by windybankfarm » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:36 pm

Its inevitable with the market as it is that we are all going to have surplus piglets/stock.
I have decided to look into running my piglets on for meat and would like advice from anyone who has been through this process. (Di and Lynn I know you have)
I have raised Saddlebacks before for our own meat however not Kunes.
Can I have advice on:

what to feed?
age to raise to?
Butchers etc who to use? costs involved?
approx amount of meat?

and anything else you think may help?

I would appreciate it

Thank you!
michelle

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Re: KUNES FOR MEAT ADVICE WANTED PLEASE!

Post by Di » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:55 am

Hi Michelle
I find KKs fantastic for meat. I free range them until they are about 7 - 8 months old. They are sometimes more free range than they should be when they escape.
They are fed sow rolls or sow nuts - not sure how many - probably 2 scoops a day. I only feed in the morning as I am lazy and they spend the rest of the time eating grass and sleeping.

At first I just turned them into sausages (various flavours - have just tried honey roast and they are yummy). However I now have the back legs boned and rolled and chops as well as everything else into sausages. Pork brilliant done in the slow cooker (but I do all my meat that way anyway). No problem selling the sausages.

We are lucky in that we have a butcher attached to the abbatoir so mine are done there. I don't know where in the country you are? I will look out the amount of meat as I have it written down somewhere and let you know and also the costs.

I feel this is the only way to go with kunekunes. At the end of the day they are still wonderful pigs easy to keep, don't make too much mess and ideal for a smallholder. As you say the market is getting flooded and I personally think it is far kinder to finish the pigs myself so that they are with me from beginning to end rather than send to market and not know where they end up, probably passed from pillar to post in not very good conditions.

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Post by windybankfarm » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:32 pm

Thank you for this Di- really helpful!
Yes if you could check weights etc or any additional information would be really gratefully received! :-)
michelle

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Post by windybankfarm » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:33 pm

Oh and can you private message me what you charge for your sausage? thanks xx
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Re: KUNES FOR MEAT ADVICE WANTED PLEASE!

Post by Di » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:49 pm

Sorry to take so long its been a hectic week.

I took 4 kunekunes back in the summer and got the following.

8 boned and rolled back legs averaging 6lb each (after boning).
28 chops per pig and 4 chops weighed 1.25lbs. (4 x 28 total)
117lbs sausages. I charge £3 per lb (about 6 or 7 sausages).

If I make all the pig into sausages I reckon on around 70lbs sausages per pig.

It cost £243 for slaughter and butchering including making the sausages (pork and apple and honey roast flavour).
Meat is delicious.

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Post by windybankfarm » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:08 am

Thanks Di really helpful!

The whole pig at 70IIbs is that correct as above that you said 117 pounds!

Let me know and thanks so much again!
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Re: KUNES FOR MEAT ADVICE WANTED PLEASE!

Post by Di » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:21 am

Sorry 117lbs was the sausages from 4 after doing chops and joints. So approx 28lbs per pig of sausages + chops and back legs. OR 70 lbs sausages if you do ALL the pig to sausages.

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Re: KUNES FOR MEAT ADVICE WANTED PLEASE!

Post by truella » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:39 pm

Di, do you know what the live or dead weight was for your kunes? I have 2 at the moment that were born April, 1 weighed 45kg & the other 50kg approx 3 weeks ago. I send all my other meat pigs in at 70-80kgs but wondered what weights yours are before sending them in.
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Post by Di » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:34 pm

Sorry not as scientific as that!! Just look at them at around 6 - 7 months and think "I'm fed up with feeding you" so on they go!!

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Post by truella » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:35 pm

:lol:
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