New Zealanders aka kiwis seem to have a thing for the letter "K" when it comes to naming things. Kiwi fruit, Kiko goats & Kunekune pigs. My goal is to be able to produce as much of our own food as possible, including meat. I don't eat much beef since I contracted an allergy to it. I haven't got it real bad most of the time but a new bite from a Lone Star tick can make the allergy stronger as I've figured out the hard way. I mostly just get the hives but have gone into anaphylactic shock once and been on the edge of it a couple other times. I keep an epipen in the house now just in case.

With the kunekune pigs, I'll have to be careful when we process and eat our first one. The time I went into anaphylactic shock, it was after eating ham which had never affected me before. Normally it's something like ribeye that sets me off however this ham was from a homegrown feeder pig, probably a heritage breed. Certainly not the same breed that the big pork producers use at any rate and so the meat was not quite "the other white meat". I had got quite a few tick bites that summer so it's very possible I got a Lone Start bite that strengthened that allergy. Hopefully with the kunekune being a true pasture pigs who eats grass and weeds, they won't be too strong. Lean meat is less apt to set me off since the allergy is for a type of fat in the meat so meat goats are another thing we'll raise and also an annual batch of red broilers.

I had decided on myotonic meat goats since their condition makes them easy to fence in. Problem is, they've become more of a pet than meat breed though there are a few breeding them for meat. Alternatives are Kiko but they're large and slightly wild or Boer but they're high maintenance in this humid climate. As for preventative measures, I burn as much of the leaves as possible and sprinkle Sevin granules around the house and shop to cut down on the ticks. I'm also working in the woods during winter and will stay out of the woods as much as possible during tick season. I'm also a chigger magnet and they can be in the woods too so I'll keep hacking down the woods and converting it to pasture. Between the kunekunes and the goats, the grass should be pretty short and chiggers tend to live in grass that's 6 inches or taller.

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