• Thinking about showing your pigs this year? Want to go along and watch some Kunekune in the show ring? The schedules are out now for the following shows:

    Burwarton Show http://www.burwartonshow.co.uk/

    Berkshire County Show aka newbury http://www.berkshireshow.co.uk/Show/index

    Pembrokshire County Show http://www.pembsshow.org/

  • Show Dates 2017

    Shows highlighted in BOLD hold specific Kunekune classes.

     

    Newark & Notts                                               13-14 May 2017 http://www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com

    Balmoral (NI)                                     10-13 May 2017 http://www.balmoralshow.co.uk 

    Devon                                                   18-20 May 2017 http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/

    Royal Welsh Spring festival        20-21 May 2017 http://www.rwas.co.uk/spring-festival/ 

    Royal Bath & West                           31 May -3 June 2017       http://www.bathandwest.com

    Staffordshire                                     31 May -3 June 2017       http://www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk

    Suffolk                                                  31 May -1 June 2017       http://www.suffolkshow.co.uk/

    Royal Cornwall                                 8-10 June 2017                  http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/

    South of England                              08-10 June 2017                http://www.seas.org.uk/summer-show/

    Royal Three Counties                    16-18 June 2017                http://www.threecounties.co.uk/

    Cheshire                                              20-21 June 2017                http://www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk/

    Lincolnshire                                        21-22 June 2017                http://www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk/

    Royal Norfolk                                     28-29 June 2017                http://royalnorfolkshow.co.uk/

    Great Yorkshire                                                11-13 July 2017                  http://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/

    Royal Welsh                                       24-27 July 2017                  http://www.rwas.co.uk/royal-welsh-show/

    Anglesey                                             15-16 July 2017                  http://www.angleseyshow.org.uk

     

    Lamborne                                           30th April 2017 

    North Somerset                               01 May 2017                      www.nsas.org.uk

    South Suffolk                                     14 May 2017                       www.southsuffolkshow.co.uk/livestock/

    Essex Young Farmers                     21 May 2017                       www.essexyoungfarmers.com

    Lesmahagow                                     27 May 2017                       www.lesmahagowfarmerssociety.co.uk

    Shropshire County                          27 May 2017                       www.shropshirecountyshow.co.uk

    Heathfield                                           27 May 2017                       www.heathfieldshow.org/ 

    Dorset Rare Breeds                         29 May 2017                       www.sherbournecountryfair.com

    Surrey County                                   29th May 2017                   www.surreycountyshow.co.uk

    Honley                                                  10 June 2017                      www.honleyshow.co.uk

    National Rare & Minority Breeds 18 June 2017                  www.threecounties.co.uk

    Isle of Wight Show                          25 June 2017                      www.riwas.org.uk

    Cranleigh                                             02 July 2017                        www.cranleighshow.co.uk

    Hanbury Country Show                 01 July 2017                        www.hanburyshow.co.uk

    Doune & Dunblane                         01 July 2017                        www.douneanddunblaneshow.co.uk

    Sussex Smallholders Show           01-02 July 2017                  www.smallholdersshows.co.uk

    Cotswold Show                                 01-02 July 2017                  www.cotswoldshow.co.uk

    Castlewellan                                      15 July 2017                        www.facebook.com/castlewellanshow

    Goosnargh & Lonridge                   08 July 2017                        www.glashow.org.uk

    Yeovil                                                   15-16 July 2017                  www.yeovilshow.org

    Great Eccleston                                                15-16 July 2017                  www.greatecclestonshow.co.uk

    Driffield                                                19 July 2017                        www.driffieldshow.co.uk

    Singleton Rare Breeds                   16 July 2017                       

    http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/rare-and-traditional-breeds-show/

     

    Mid-Devon                                         22 July 2017                        www.middevonshow.co.uk

    Cardigan                                              26 July 2017                        www.cardiganshow.org.uk

    Ryedale                                                                25 July 2017                        www.ryedaleshow.org.uk

    Shuestoke & Whiteacres              29 July 2017                        www.whitacresandshustokeshow.co.uk

    Oswestry                                             05 August 2017                  www.oswestryshow.co.uk

    Wayland                                              06 August 2017                  www.waylandshow.com

    Tockwith                                              06 August 2017                  www.tockwithshow.org.uk

    Gower                                                  06 August 2017                  www.gowershow.co.uk

    Thornton-le-Dale                             09 August 2017                  www.thorntonledale.com/show

    Burwarton                                          03 August 2017                  www.burwartonshow.co.uk/

    Chertsey                                              12-13 August 2017           www.chertseyshow.co.uk

    Fillongley                                             13 August 2017                  www.fillongleyshow.org.uk

    Ripley                                                    13 August 2017                  www.ripleyshow.co.uk

    Trawden                                              13 August 2017                  www.trawdenshow.co.uk

    Okehampton                                     10 August 2017                  www.okehamptonshow.co.uk

    Denbigh & Flint                                 17 August 2017                  http://www.denbighandflintshow.com/

    Mid-Somerset                                  20 August 2017                  www.midsomersetshow.org.uk

    Pembrokeshire                                                15-17 August 2017           www.pembsshow.org

    Egton                                                    23 August 2017                  www.egtonshow.co.uk

    Melplash                                             24 August 2017                  www.melplashshow.co.uk

    Leicester                                              26 August 2017                  www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk

    Egham                                                  26-27 September 2017   www.eghamroyalshow.org

    Edenbridge                                         27-28 August 2017           www.edenbridge-show.co.uk

    Arlesford                                             02 September 2017         www.arlesfordshow.co.uk

    Dorchester (Dorset County)        2-3 September 2017       www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

    Westmoreland                                  14 September 2017         www.westmorlandshow.co.uk

    Usk                                                        09 September 2017         http://www.uskshow.co.uk/

    Penistone                                           09 September 2017         www.penistoneshow.com

    Royal Berkshire & Newbury       16-17 September 2017   http://www.newburyshowground.co.uk/

    Nidderdale                                         25 September 2017         www.nidderdaleshow.co.uk

    Scottish Smallholders                    23 September 2017         www.ssgf.uk

    Gransden Show                                                30 September 2017         www.gransdenshow.co.uk

  • BKKPS would like to wish all of our members and followers a joyful Christmas and a prosperous new year! Xx

  • Sam Jones here :D I want to thank the BKKPS team and our membership/supporters, very publicly, in a way I have never done before :D It is easy to forget that the BKKPS committee and RRs are all volunteers who give their time freely, I cannot thank you enough for all your time, effort and sometimes determination to get things done. I would also like to thank our membership and those who own or support our breed in other ways....without you we would be nothing :D A genuine, heartfelt thank you :D These piglets want to say it too :D x x x x x

     

  • NEWSLETTER UPDATE

    Some members have experienced delays in receiving their latest newsletter due to a mailing problem where the postcode and County were printed incorrectly. We would like to apologise for the delays and have spoken with the distributors this morning. They will be reprinting and sending the newsletter to all members.

    You may end up with 2 copies if yours has already found its way to you, but we are all keen to ensure that everyone does receive a copy.

    Thanks for your patience whilst we resolve this

    If you have any queries about the newsletter, or would like to send photos or information to be included, please send them to me at;

    newsletter@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk

    Rae

  • Hi everyone! I'd just like to introduce myself to you all if I may....My name's Ellen Thomas and I'm very excited to say that I've been recently recruited onto the committee for the society.
    We have been keeping KuneKune for the past three years and they live with us on our Dartmoor hill farm alongside cattle, horses, goats and chickens. We've kept other breeds of pig in the past but these are our favourite 😊
    I'm very much looking forward to getting to grips with my new role in publicity and marketing for the society and helping to promote our gorgeous breed! 
    pr@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk

  • Hello to all our members!

    At the AGM it was discussed how best we could support our pet members, breeders and those who are raising their pigs for meat. There are a number of new initiatives planned. One of these is the introduction of a BKKPS Pedigree Meat Scheme (BPMS).

    This is now live on the BKKPS website:

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/articles/PedigreeMeatScheme.aspx

    http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk/MeatForSale/

    If you are a breeder who keeps registered pigs and who raises some of your pigs for meat either for home consumption, family and friends or to sell to the public then please take a look and register with the scheme.

    Equally, if you are someone who would like to buy Kunekune meat products or raise your own Kunekune for meat, then please visit the page to help support those members registered on the scheme.

    If there is enough interest the next step will be to provide a version of the trademarked BKKPS logo to be used by members of the scheme.

    If you would like to register then please follow these instructions:
    Click on 'Members'
    Click on ‘My Details’:
    Click on the tick box to select ‘List as a Pedigree Meat Vendor’

  • 2017 BKKPS CALENDAR

    Hi everyone

    Katie Ayre, Devon Woodward and Terri Decock, Amber Winslow, Amanda Ryder, Tammy Keller, Lesley Midwinter, Sam Jones, Lisa Kelso, Hollie Childe, Lynne Jones, Colin and Charlie Daniels, Sarah Sladen, Nicola Hacking (Pearce), and Sam Cardwell

    Congratulations you all have photographs in the 2017 BKKPS Calendar

    The calendar is due to be sent to print and will be available soon at a cost of £5 each plus postage. If you would like to order multiple copies can you please let me know as soon as possible at pr@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk or text me at 07982 806894 so that I can ensure a big enough print run before xmas

    Thanks
    Rae

     

  • As members will know we produce a society Year Book which gives essential information about the UK Kunekune herd. We would like to gauge interest in members being able to place photos and brief information about their pig/s in the Year Book. We hope to build a pictoral record of the pigs and the individual herds in the UK. The year book is an A5 size booklet, and as long as you are a current BKKPS member you will be eligible to enter your photo/ information. If you think this is something you may like to do, or for more details, please contact me as soon as possible at pr@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk

    Hope to hear from you soon, Rae

  • BKKPS CALENDAR COVER WINNER
    We are very happy to say that we have a competition winner for the 2017 calendar cover shot! Meet 'Wapeka', the beautiful piglet belonging to Tammy Keller of Ontario, Canada

    Congratulations Tammy, and to everyone who entered thank you for sharing them with us.
    It was close, with 'Trevor' the boar coming in second. We have some beautiful photo's for the calendar and we're looking forward to seeing next years entries already!

  • Calling all pet Kunekune owners!
    We will be starting a new regular feature in our Newsletter, and would like to invite you to send in your photo's and a little info about yourselves. It could be why you keep Kunekune, or all about your pigs particular character, or anything else you'd like to share
    We hope to be able to bring you an introduction to new pigs and their owners in each issue. Any info and photo's can be emailed to me at pr@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk

    If you would like to see any other particular topics covered in the newsletter please do let us know, we'd love to hear from you

    Thanks, Rae

  • Hi everyone
    We think you'll all enjoy helping us select the cover photo for the 2017 BKKPS Calendar, so can you all help us out by casting your vote from the available pictures ?!

    Pop over to our Facebook page and like your favorite picture.

    The picture with the most likes by Monday 3rd October will be the cover winner!
    Thanks, 
    Rae

  • Hi, as members will know we produce a Year Book that gives essential information about the UK herd. We would like to gauge interest in members being able to place photos and herd information in the year book. You would be able to 'purchase' an A5 colour full page for less than £1.

    Anyone would be welcome as long as you are a BKKPS member and photos and any info shared would be of your own choosing 
    If you think this is something you may want please comment below, or email me at pr@britishkunekunesociety.org.uk 
    Thanks, 
    Rae

  • For everyone who is interested in showing the KuneKune these are the Show Rules. Please do make yourself familiar with them.

    EVERYONE ENTERING A KUNEKUNE IN A SHOW MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE BKKPS

    All shows have their own Rules of Exhibition. These can be found in the show schedule and entry form. Please remember to check these along with the BKKPS show rules before making your entry. Good luck with your show, we hope you enjoy showing your pigs

    1. All classes are held under the general rules and conditions of the BKKPS as detailed below. 
    2. All pigs must be registered with the British Kunekune Pig Society (including non-breeding pigs) - entries will be checked prior to, and at the show. Any unregistered pigs will not be allowed in the ring. 

    3. All pigs entered in the show must be the bone fide property of the exhibitor and must have been transferred into their ownership by the BKKPS before being entered into the show.  

    4. Exhibitors must display the pigs’ registration certificate (or a copy) on the pen to verify pedigree registration and ownership. 

    5. All pigs must be correctly tagged and the information should match with the registration certificate displayed. 

    6. No pigs under the age of 4 months will be entered. Piglets accompanying a sow must be at least 3 weeks of age and individually tagged. 

    7. Boars over 12 months of age MUST have tusks trimmed and be shown by 2 adult handlers (over 18 years) with proper boards and sticks/batons. 

    8. Handlers are required to be of smart appearance with appropriate footwear; white coats must be worn at all times in the show ring. Proper pig boards and sticks must be used. Pig boards should not show any form of individual advertising or Herd names. 

    9. Animals in poor health or suffering from any form of contagious or infectious disease must not be brought to the show. 

    10. A competent person must be in attendance with each lot of pigs for the duration of the show and all attendants must comply with reasonable requests from the Stewards. 

    11. With the exception of the Stewards or other representatives of the Organisers, no person will be admitted to the judging rings or permitted to be in contact with the judges on any pretext. 

    12. Sows must have produced and reared a pedigree (birth notified) litter in the 12 months prior to show date.  Boars over a year old must have sired a litter within 12 months prior to show.  

    13. Veteran pigs must be 6 years and over.   

    14. Castrated pigs will not be eligible for Champion of Champions.

  • NEW SECRETARY

    Hi all I would just like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Dan Thomas and I am the new society secretary for the British Kunekune Pig Society.

    I am 24 years old and live on my family smallholding near Shawbury, North Shropshire. I have been keeping Kunekune pigs for 5 years now, currently just as pets but with the view of breeding in the near future. I also have various other animals; mostly normal things like sheep, chickens and ducks. But I also keep Rhea, yes they are mini Ostrich.

    I am looking forward to getting my feet under the table and putting my skills to good use within the society. Hope to meet many of you soon.

    Yours, Daniel Thomas

     

  • MOVIE PREMIERE – How to Select Kunekune Pigs

    In response to many requests for help and support when choosing Kunekune pigs the BKKPS has commissioned a film.

    The film provides a wealth of information about selecting Kunekune pigs, interpreting the breed standard and the sorts of things you should consider when buying Kunekune.

    There is also a chance to meet lots of Kunekune demonstrating the natural health and diversity that exists in the breed.

    To watch this film please click the following link or copy and paste it. We really hope you enjoy watching it!

    https://youtu.be/KdSQs7jbg7E

  • The first litter from the Northern Ireland import pigs has been born! A Jenny/Andrew litter seen here exploring their world at just a few days old. A beautiful healthy litter of 7 gilts and 1 boar.