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Exploring Kunekune Bloodlines

Updated: 1 day ago

Kunekune's are named after their parents bloodlines. Boys follow their dad's bloodline and girls follow their mothers. So if you have a Boris boar and and Jenny sow, her boy piglets would be named Boris # and her girl piglets will be named Jenny #.


Each bloodline has different characteristics and history. Kathy Peterson at Virginia Kunekune's has done some excellent research on the bloodlines and history. All kunekunes we have today come from 3 boars and 6 sow lines that were gathered up in 1978 by Michael Willis and John Simister.


Original Boars: Te Whangi, Te Kuiti, and Ru

Original Sows: Waitomo, Kereopa, Awakino, Marakopa, Kopu, Tammerdale


The bloodline that I have bolded are ones we have on the farm currently. Italicized are bloodlines we had previously but do not currently have.


Boar Lines

12 total, with 1 line that died out. So there are 11 active lines.


1. Boris (imported from New Zealand in 1995)

  • Imported by Katie Rigby

2. Tonganui (imported from New Zealand in 1995)

  • Imported by Katie Rigby

3. Wairua (imported from New Zealand in 1995)

  • Few boars recorded and eventually died out

4. Andrew (imported in 2005 from the UK)

  • Andrew line was given it’s name by New Zealand breeder Pat Leek, when Andy Case of Long Ash Farm imported the first “Andrew” boar into the UK.

  • Imported into the US by Lori Enright from the herd of renowned breeder Andy Case

  • Traces back to Mahia Love

  • 2 new imports by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Button End DDC Andrew 26

    • Button End DDC Andrew 27

5. Te Whangi (imported in 2005 from the UK)

  • Imported into the US by Lori Enright from the herd of renowned breeder Andy Case

  • Original Line

6. Mahia Love (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • The Mahia Love line was given its name by Lori Enright of The USA Herd, when it arrived to the United States in 2010 from New Zealand.

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

  • Original Line

7. Tutanekai (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

  • Tutanekai bloodlines is listed as "TF Mahia Love" in AKKPS herd book.

8. Tuahuru (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

9. Whakanui (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

10. Tutaki (imported from the UK in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Sue Drake

  • 1 new import by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Kinecroft DDC Tutaki 23

11. Ru (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Original Line

  • 1 new import by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Fenswood DDC Ru

12. BH Tutaki (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Original Line Tutaki with improvement by Wendy Scudmore


Sow Lines

16 total, 2 of the lines never had any offspring, so there are 14 active lines.


1. Rona (imported from NZ in 1995)

  • Imported by Katie Rigby

2. Wilsons Gina (imported from NZ in 1995)

  • Imported by Katie Rigby

  • One of the very first lines and used to create other lines

3. Jenny (imported from the UK in 2005)

  • Imported into the US by Lori Enright from the herd of renowned breeder Andy Case

  • Known for strong conformation and excellent mothering abilities.

  • 1 new import by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Knowlhill DDC Jenny 27 (Gold Tip Color!)

4. Trish (imported from the UK in 2005)

  • Never produced

5. Aria Giana (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

  • Traces back to Wilsons Gina

6. Tarutaru (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

7. Tapeka (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

8. Momona (imported from NZ in 2010)

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  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

9. Fijoa (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Died shortly after being released from quarantine.

10. Haunene (imported from NZ in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Tule Fog Farm & Lori Enright

11. Rebecca Gina (imported from the UK in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Sue Drake

  • Traces back to Wilsons Gina

  • 2 new imports by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Pencommins DDC Rebecca Gina 27

    • Pencommins DDC Rebecca Gina 26


12. Kereopa (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Small framed, short, and squat pigs

  • 1 new import by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Kinecroft DDC Kereopa 2

13. Sally (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Trace back to an original line either or both Waitiomo and Awakino

  • 3 new imports by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Martinsfield DDC Sally 8

    • Button End DDC Sally 15

    • Button End DDC Sally 16

14. Trish (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Trish line is known to have low and questionable fertility.  Trish is therefore sought after as an uncommon line in need of preservation. 

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Traces back to original lines Awakino and Waitiomo

  • 2 new imports by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Pencommins DDC Trish 8

    • Pencommins DDC Trish 7

15. Awakino (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Original line

  • 2 new imports by DuckDawg Creek Farm in 2022 from the UK

    • Crick Lodge Farms DDC Awakino 4

    • Crick Lodge Farms DDC Awakino 3

16. BH Rebecca Gina (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Improved Rebecca Gina line by UK breeder Wendy Scudmore

  • Traces back to Wilsons Gina

Kunekune Pig Sow with her piglets following besides
Panda and her piglets

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