Mangalitsa and Kune Kune Pigs
The Mangalitsa Pig
The Mangalitsa, also known as the Mangalica or Mangalitza are indigenous to the former Austro/Hungarian region as well as to some parts of Serbia and Romania. They were developed around 250 years ago in that region. They have red highly marbled meat that is very desirable to eat and are sometimes referred to as the “wagyu” of pigs. They are a lard type pig that has more fat than the typical commercial pig. The Mangalitsa breed has three colors; the red, blonde, and swallow belly. They have a longer snout and curly hair with generally good dispositions. They were imported into the United States in 2007 and have started growing in popularity since. They are suitable for backyard and homesteading pigs.
The Kunekune pig originated in New Zealand sometime in the 19th century. KuneKune means “fat and round” in the Maori language. they are smaller, grass grazing pigs that are known for their very docile temperament. They have a short upturned snout that keeps them from being as destructive as some other breeds. They gain weight quickly on small amounts of grain or grass and are perfect for the backyard pet or for someone looking to feed out a smaller breed of pig. There are several colors including black and white, ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown, and tricolored. Their meat is red and deeply marbled making them good to eat. They are a lard breed and have more fat than the average commercial pig.