Heritage Pigs | Anam Cara Farm and Learning Center

Heritage Pigs

Welcome to these six little piglets born June 5, 2020 

Bernadette and Finn

Available to approved homes (contract required) at the end of July – inquire at carla@empoweredbyhorses.com
Please email for an application. ($350 Deposit required upon successful approval of application)

We are excited to welcome these sweet piglets into the world to second time mom Bernadette. We have 3 gilts (2 black and white and one ginger and black) and 3 boars (2 black and white and 1 ginger and black). All double wattled. All piglets will come AKKPS registered with vaccines, microchip, de-worming and veterinary health check (Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic). 

Piglet pricing:
* Registered Gilt $1200 – $1500
* Registered Boar $1200 – $1500
* Pet Gilt (non breeding contract) $800 – $1000
* Pet Boar (neutered) $700 – $900

We are committed to best practices in raising happy healthy piglets.

How we got started

In early 2015 my sister, a dog trainer and fellow animal lover suggested we look into a heritage breed of pig known as the Kune Kune. Although still quite rare in Canada this New Zealand breed has made a resounding comeback from its near extinction in the ‘70s. My partner, Steve, and I knew nothing about pigs but were intrigued with the idea of expanding our farm family. After extensive online research and two field trips we were committed: Kune Kunes are friendly, docile and smart and more than easy to fall in love with.

After locating a breeder in Olympia, Washington, we started the importation process. Our initial idea of having one pig soon transformed into three piglets and a plan for a small breeding program. In December 2016 we packed up Finn (nee Galileo), Scarlett and Bernadette and headed for the Canadian border. After a month in quarantine, we introduced the piglets to the rest of our family which includes horses, sheep, dogs and cats.

We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Kune Kunes both individually and as a breed. Their intelligence exceeds that of dogs and, more importantly, as our therapeutic work on the farm is based on relationship, they seem open and willing to developing loving connections. Finn, Bernadette and Scarlett are often included in our programs where children and youth can hop in their space to give them a greeting, a snuggle or even read them a story.

Bernadette – AKKPS 4032 The Iron Horse Farm Tapeka 15

Bernadette, born 8/14/2016, is registered brown and white. Her size is typical of the Kune Kune breed with flopped ears and dished face, a long body and straight back. Approximate weight: 160 lbs

Bernadette’s temperament is also characteristic of this breed. She is highly social, curious, intelligent and gentle, and loves a good chin and belly scratch. As a first time mom her pregnancy and delivery went well. Her nurturing instinct is demonstrated by her excellent mothering skills. She is very tolerant of people in her space when nursing and also with people interacting with her piglets.

Scarlett – AKKPS 4035 The Iron Horse Farm Jenny 14

Scarlett, born 7/17/2016, is registered tri-colour. She is a smaller sow with an athletic build, pricked ears, short snout, straight legs, and a strong back. Scarlett is quick, agile and the first to grunt hello to visitors. While calm and laid back she also enjoys the occasional sprint in the field. Approximate weight: 130 lbs

Finn (Galileo) – AKKPS 3257 The Iron Horse Farm Te Whangi 25

Finn, born 3/18/2016, is registered tri-colour. We fell in love with Finn the moment we met him. Never would we have believed that an intact male could be so calm, gentle and loving. Finn is the first to drop for a belly rub and is easy to handle, medicate, or trim toes. By looking in his eyes you can sense his high level of intelligence. He has a solid body, strong legs, pricked ears and a beautiful face. He is incredibly kind to children. Approximate weight: 180 lbs

How we raise our litters

Our breeding program is small; thoroughly dedicated to nurturing the Kune Kune’s naturally docile temperament through gentle, mindful raising along with basic skills training. Unlike kittens and puppies, piglets are born with eyes and ears open ready to hit the ground running. From day one we interact with the piglets so that they are comfortable with humans. Similar to an early socialization and enrichment program for puppies, our piglets are exposed to a variety of sights, sounds and smells, given access to a number of different surfaces to walk on (grass, gravel, concrete, ramps), and exposed to a number of people in a positive manner.We also get them started on the foundation of litter box training, coming when called, polite manners/sitting for meals and harness/leash familiarization.

Although their innate ability to squeal is strong, we get them used to being picked up and held as well as having their trotters touched and handled for hoof trimming. But it’s not all work for these piglets, they are given regular doses of belly rubs to induce a sense of calm and relaxation. Our veterinarians will attest to the beautiful nature of working with Kune Kune pigs at our farm. 

Is a Kune Kune right for you?

  • Are pigs allowed where you live? Check your municipality by laws.

  • Are you committed to being the family to your pig during its lifetime 12-15 years?

  • Do you have the space and financial means to care for your pig?

  • Do you have a vet that is familiar with pigs? Will the vet do a home/farm call or are you able to load up and drive the pig to the vet?

Thinking of purchase?

Our goal is to find the best fit for our piglets with a forever home in a family able to provide the best life for them. Like any animal, it is a long-term commitment. We encourage potential families to do as much research as possible to know what to expect and what is necessary to have these lovely piglets thrive. For example, although small at birth, Kune Kunes can still grow up to weigh 200-250 lbs. The last thing we want is for any of our adopted-out piglets to be found unsuitable and end up in a rescue.
If interested in purchasing one of our piglets, please fill in our application form.
(link here) * Note this will take you to our other website Empowered By Horses where the application is located.

Sales Policy

Once a family has been selected to purchase one of our piglets, a contract is signed to solidify the commitment and create a process to manage any changes that may occur with their new family. 

If your application to purchase has been approved, you will be required to sign a sales contract.

What we love about Kune Kunes

  • very friendly, docile and easy to be around

  • one of the only breeds that can get much of their nutrition from grazing grass

  • they root very little due to their short snout thus subjecting fields to minimal impact

  • non-aggressive and safe to be around (our intact male, Finn, is the biggest snuggler)

  • they are clean, don’t smell and rarely challenge fence

  • they are one of the smaller breeds

  • highly sociable — they love being hugged and snuggled

  • super smart and very cute

Once an application is approved, a non-refundable $350 deposit will be required. All piglets will have vaccinations, microchips and be de-wormed. REGISTRATION is pending DNA confirmation. Castration can be arranged for those piglets in a non-breeding home.

carla@empoweredbyhorses.com 604.809.3494.

Piglets first drink
Good Morning from Eddy at 3 weeks
Snuggles and building relationships
Bernadette, Arny, Percy, Eddy and Andy

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Percy and the gang
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