Please note that The BKKPS is not able to find a new home for your pig(s). The Society will rely on owners and breeders to find suitable new homes via the 'Discussion Board' in the 'Pigs' section and the Face book page ‘BKKPS Pedigree and Kunekune Sales and Advice page’.

If you are trying to re-home your pig(s), you have concerns about the welfare of a pig(s) or you would like to offer some pigs a new home then please read the following information.

If you would like to offer a home to a pig then please look on the ‘Discussion Board’ under ‘Pigs’ and also check the information at the bottom of the page which indicates how to recognise if a pig is pedigree registered or not.

If you are trying to re-home your pig(s) then

  • Contact the breeder your pigs came from as they may be able to advise and help you to find them a new home.
  • Log onto the ‘Discussion Board’ and advertise your pigs for rehoming on the ‘Pigs’ area of the board.
  • Consider advertising in local papers, specialised websites, Facebook pages or on the boards in your local agricultural supplies. Searches on the internet and/or Facebook should bring up relevant pages.

Please ensure that if you manage to find someone who is prepared to take on the responsibility of your pig(s) that they are fully aware of all the legal requirements for keeping pigs and, above all else, they can provide a suitable home.

If you are unable to keep your pigs and are not able to find them a new home then you will need to consider taking the pigs to an abattoir or having them humanely disposed of. Contact details for these can be found locally by contacting your local Trading Standards Office, Animal health Office, the RSPCA or your vet.

If you have concerns about the welfare of pigs you have seen then please contact your local Trading Standards Office, Animal Health Office or the RSPCA who will be able to help and advise.

How Do I Know if a Pig is a Registered Kunekune?

If your pig is pedigree registered with The BKKPS then it will have a unique ear tag showing its ID/Tag number. This number is shown on its Pedigree Card.

Depending on the age of the Kunekune you are re-homing there are three possible types of tag the pig may have in its ear. However, whichever type of tag, this is the pig’s unique number and should appear on the tag in the pig’s ear and as the ID/Tag Number on ‘The British Kunekune Pig Society Pedigree’ card.

The three possible tags are:

  • An older BKKPS pedigree ear tag will be a plastic button tag with the pig’s unique BKKPS number on it. It will always be prefixed with KUNE. For example, ‘Kune 1846’. This identifies Windrush Awakino III Owned by Mrs Sam Jones.
  • The more recent BKKPS tags are generally white but can be other colours. They will have the BKKPS logo on and will have a herd mark number on followed by up to 4 numbers. For example, UKFN1344 0063 is the ear tag number for Bradley Kereopa 21 owned by Mrs Sam Jones.
  • Alternatively, the breeder may have put their own plastic ear tag in. This will not have the BKKPS logo nor mention the BKKPS but must have the breeder’s herd mark number on followed by up to 4 numbers. For example, UKFN1344 0063 is the ear tag number for Bradley Kereopa 21 owned by Mrs Sam Jones.

The Front of a BKKPS Pedigree Card shows the Pig’s name, breeder name and address, owners, DOB, Herd Book No, Chip Number, Sex, Pire Pire. The Chip Number is actually the Ear Tag number so for a pig with an ear tag showing KUNE 1846 you should see BKKPS 1846 on its pedigree card. It does not mean the pig is micro chipped.

The Back of a BKKPS Pedigree Card shows the family tree for 3 generations, DOB, Herd Book no., ID/Tag No., Sex and Colour - Note ID/Tag No. is actually the Ear Tag number. For a pig with an ear tag showing KUNE 1846 you should see BKKPS 1846 on its pedigree card. It does not mean the pig is micro chipped.

PLEASE NOTE: a tag with a defra herd mark number such as FN1344 (two letters immediately followed by 4 numbers) does not mean your pig is registered. Your pig is only registered if it has a BKKPS pedigree card with the pig’s individual ear tag on. This is a Tag with just the breeder’s herd mark on are sometimes put in by breeders for shows or if the pig is over 12 months and has to move from one holding to another or to an abattoir. It is a legal requirement that any pig over 12 months of age moving from a holding is identified with a defra herd mark EVEN IF it has a pedigree ear tag.

Additionally, If it has a British Pig Association designation such as JSY 0031 (three letters, a space, and a number) on its ear tag this is the pedigree herd number for pigs registered with the British Pig Association and NOT The BKKPS.