HARP - British Improved Kunekunes
AKBA #0592. UK Import. Born March 14, 2011 at Barton Hill Farm in Herefordshire, England and imported to help establish this breed in America, Darrowby is everything you would expect of old world nobility. Normally a perfect gentleman, he is an aggressive breeder who gets the job done alone or in company. His offspring are known for a uniform thickness and his sons, in particular, are among the chattiest kunes anywhere. I am honored, daily to be the caregiver to this hunk of living breed history. Don't pass on an opportunity to own one of this legendary boar's 1st generation American born piglets.
AKBA #0796. Born August 27, 2012.
Tombstone is the newest addition to my collection of behemoth British boars. He was produced by long time Kune mainstays, John and Robyn Hutchison of Prescott, AZ using size dynamics imported and introduced by Susan Drake of Long Island Kunes. He measures 56 & 3/4 inches from tail base to forward, bottom edge of ear and stands 34 & 1/2 inches tall at the highest point of his front shoulder. Unfortunately, in addition to being the largest specimen here at H.A.R.P., he is also one of the closest to retirement age, having produced no registered offspring to carry on his generous attributes. This gentle giant's excellent size and demeanor make it imperative that we get his next generation on the ground from as wide a sampling of English sows as time will allow.
Like a belated gift, Sinbad was born the morning after Christmas, 12.26, 2014 at Cyndi Berry's Kunekune Preserve. He is a hefty slice of holiday beefcake and I have spent hours unwrapping the treasures that comprise this spectacular, British pedigree. A grandson of my own Darrowby thru the cross to Ethel, 3/4 of Sinbad's ancestry is an homage to Andy Case via Lori Enright's original UK import. But he's much more than a salute to my inner pedigree nerd...this big, black thumper is the heir apparent to the HARP BH Tutaki legacy and guarantees us happy returns for years to come.
AKPR #9842. Born on September 10, 2018.
"They call me Pac Man. I'm still a baby but someday I'll be big like my dad. Until then I keep folks entertained with my boyish good looks and my dry sense of humor. I haven't officially scored with any girls...but I try. A lot. And I've successfully bred the ears and legs of every boar in this pasture. Practice makes Pork-fect!"
Gandy's story is yet to be written, but whether he ends up in the Hall of Fame, or the smokehouse... I think I smell a happy ending.
REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.... RE-bus?
The world is a living resource.
AKBA #0595. Born on July 12, 2011 at England's internationally recognized Barton Hill Farm, this old gal is nothing short of a national treasure. There were two Trish sisters imported by Goose Meadow... but there is only one Freya. This beautiful, good natured sow sets the bar for not just every Trish, but every sow that came after. You only need to see her in action once, wandering about the pasture with a dozen or more of other sows' pigs in tow as if she was the farm babysitter, to appreciate the exaggerated maternal gifts that she embodies. When I speak of natural mothering ability, I'm referring to Freya.
AKBA #0598. Born on August 1, 2011 from the efforts of former BKKPS President Sam Jones. I call her the boss lady. Pippa was and remains the only Awakino imported to America. She's big throughout. She's the only pig I've ever known that could grunt both disappointment and sarcasm. Older now, Pippa's once ginger coat has faded to a mousey gray, she struggles with a touch of arthritis in her front, left knee and she seems to spend more time napping than she did just a year ago. I've made the decision to permanently retire Pippa from breeding, but her contribution to this breed has been prodigious and she's earned a cozy retirement spot here at H.A.R.P. for however much longer we have her.
AKR #3103. Born on March 18, 2013. The glamour gal. Like a number of pigs here, Monet is 1st generation American on both sides of her pedigree. She's a picture-perfect, silver-cream kune and she carries herself with an air of sophistication most wouldnt think of in pigs. Monet has produced one large litter since her arrival and is currently bred to Darrowby for a New Year repeat. She passes her looks on to her offspring and I've retained a son and daughter to add to future breeding efforts.
AKPR #6766. Born on August 27, 2017.
It's impossible for me to give you an honest appraisal of this pig without falling back on emotion. She's the one that started it all, for me. A gift from my good friend Mrs Libby Milroy of North Platte, Nebraska... hence the name, I call her Patty. She loves snacks. And naps. She detests other pigs. She is the most sinfully self indulgent creature. Ever. If you see her looking at something I guarantee she is either considering how it would taste or how comfortable it would be to nap on. She is the perfect, physical embodiment of "fat & round" though slightly undersized... she's a wonderfully attentive mother to small litters of happy, healthy babies. She's a constant source of entertainment and amazement, tears and laughter, I often think I'm little more than a hostage in the world of Patty... and I'm ok with that.
AKPR #13609. Born on January 28, 2014. Someone hired me to drive Ressie from Florida to North Carolina and it was love at 1st sight. When she later became available for purchase... I jumped. Sometimes I feel like my very best pigs are the easiest to forget. That's Ressie. Low maintenance. Low key. It doesn't take much to keep this big girl happy or healthy, making her a big splash for a small budget. You gotta love some Econo-hog.