HARP - British Improved Kunekunes
My name is Brian and I raise hard working, American cur dogs... landrace, Spanish goats and heritage-type, British, Kunekune pigs on a small-acreage, wooded, Ozark farmstead; using a homespun recipe of measured sustainability and hillbilly tradition. You might say that I suffer from a lifetime of passion for the utilitarian animals and livestock breeds that have emerged from people, times and places of extreme poverty.
But anymore, I'm just consumed by a weakness for the toughest little pigs on the planet.
Now entering my fourth year of Kune stewardship, every day is a real world research project, half a country away from where my journey began.
Welcome to my virtual pig sty.
Above; When good pigs go bad... Mendel Murders Melon!
Below; The next generation of British Kunekunes in America, Freesia & Gandy hard at work in the Arkansas hardwoods.
...are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture.
Traditional, historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal instincts, ability to mate naturally, and resistance to diseases and parasites.
A landrace is a domesticated, locally adapted, traditional variety of a species of animal or plant that has developed over time, through adaptation to its natural and cultural environment of agriculture and pastoralism, and due to isolation from other populations of the species.
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