Monthly Archives: September 2015

Rotational Grazing

By |September 18th, 2015|

The steers grazing the front lawn.

The steers grazing the front lawn.

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Pumpkin time!

By |September 13th, 2015|

Faith harvesting pumpkins

Faith harvesting pumpkins

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Welcome Mazy and Gus

By |September 5th, 2015|

Kune Kune

I love pigs.  I love their personalities and playfulness.  I also love pork! But there are two things that I don’t love about pigs: how much grain they eat and how they root up the pasture.  I wondered if there could be another way.  I did a lot of reading about different pig breeds and became interested in the Kune Kune.

The Kune Kune is a breed originally raised by the Maori people in New Zealand.  They are known for fattening on pasture, for their short snouts that limit rooting, good mothering and their sweet dispositions.    Could it really be true- a pig that can graze?  They are supposed to have meat that rivals the famed Mangalitsa.  The downside is they are a smaller breed and they take longer to finish.  I decided to give it a try.

On September 3rd we brought home Mazy and Gus.  A breeding pair of Kune Kunes.  Mazy is a Mahea Love x Wilson’s Jeana gilt and Gus is a Ru x Rebecca Jeana boar.  We got them from Iron Horse Farm in Olympia.  They are very cute and very, very friendly.  Now we have to take “pig breaks” when doing garden chores.   They need to grow up, have babies and then they will need to grow up…. so look for our first Kune Kune pork in 2017.

Mazy & Gus

Mazy & Gus

Pigs on pasture!

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