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Kunekune Registries

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

What are the differences between the two Kunekune registries?

I get this question a lot and when I first started I didn't even know there were 2 registries! Liberty Farms where I got my first breeding pair used American Kunekune Pig Society (AKKPS). I assumed that AKKPS was the one and only. I didn't even know about the second registry till I started shopping around for more pigs a year later! I heard about American Kunekune Pig Registry (AKPR) and was told how wonderful they were because they didn't charge fees for everything.

I decided to start dual registering my pigs since registering them all in AKPR only would cost me the $40 yearly membership dues. I also noticed that there was no Coefficient of inbreeding (COI) calculator in the AKPR herd book and I really liked using the hypothetical breeding feature with AKKPS to check on potential matches. I create a little matrix of all the hypothetical matches that look like the chart below.

This year, 2020, AKPR has had a lot of changes and wanted to focus on Kunekune Pig quality. They stopped allowing un-wattled pigs to be registered, which caused quite an uproar. From my perspective AKPR seems to be a lot more active in the Kunekune community. For example, they have sanctioned shows and even did a virtual show this year during COVID. They provided some very informative webinars this year. AKKPS also had a webinar but I was unable to attend. I was able to attend AKPR's 3 part series and I really enjoyed the guest veterinarian that went over vaccine protocols. AKPR also added in the COI calculator. I enjoy AKPR's website and filling out forms is more user friendly in my opinion. Going forward, I have decided to stick with one registry. AKPR now offers everything I need and more. So, they are my registry of choice.

Both registries provide a discount for the required UC Davis DNA testing. Non-members are charged $40 per pig and members get a discount of $29 per pig. This is a huge savings especially when both registries require DNA testing for breeding registration.

A breakdown of the differences are below along with their fee schedule. These are my opinions and I used their websites to gather information but is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Please be sure to do your own research and decide which registry is right for you.

American Kunekune Pig Society (AKKPS)

  • Can register un-wattled pigs

  • Has a special "pet" only registration that does not require DNA testing

  • COI (Coefficient of inbreeding) scores tend to be higher than AKPR

  • Anyone can view COI in the AKKPS herd book

  • Anyone can do hypothetical breedings

  • Herdbook goes back 5 generations

    • Membership Fee: $25 yearly due annually on date of joining

      • 100% of the below fees go to a company called Competitive Advantage and is not used for member benefits

    • Litter Notification: $15 members / $30 non-members

    • Pet Registration: $10 members / $20 non-members

    • Piglet Registration: $12 members / $24 non-members

    • Dual Registration: $18 members / $36 non-members

American Kunekune Pig Registry (AKPR)

  • All pigs must be double wattled to be registered

  • COI tends to be lower than AKKPS

  • Must be a paid member to see COI

  • Must be a paid member to do hypothetical breedings with COI

  • Focus is on producing Pork

  • Has been actively sponsoring shows

  • Started in 2006

  • Herdbook goes back 4 generations

  • No Fees except for membership

    • Membership Fee: $40 yearly due on January 1st, not prorated

    • Litter Notification: $0

    • Piglet Registration: $0

    • Dual Registration: $0

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