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Kunekune Bloodlines

Updated: Aug 10

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

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

7. Tuahuru (imported from NZ in 2010)

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

8. Whakanui (imported from NZ in 2010)

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

9. Tutaki (imported from the UK in 2010)

  • Imported into the US by Sue Drake

10. Ru (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Original Line

11. 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

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.

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)

  • 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

12. Kereopa (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Small framed, short, and squat pigs

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

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

15. Awakino (imported from the UK in 2012)

  • Imported into the US by Matt Burton & Christopher Rowley

  • Original line

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

Panda and her piglets

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