U.S. Mink Farming Industry is Healthy & Strong
In common with the fur industry as a whole, the marketing of mink pelts is an international affair. Working on behalf of American farmers, trade missions promote our product in all the main buying markets, from Europe to the Far East, and through representation at the major international fur fairs in Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Montreal and New York.
Also closely involved in the marketing of American mink are North America’s two major auction houses, the Wisconsin-based North American Fur Auctions which holds its sales in Toronto, and American Legend Auctions, until recently known as Seattle Fur Exchange. Although most American produce is actually sold at these “local” auctions, buyers come from around the world, and the auction houses play a key role both in attracting overseas buyers and in ensuring the pelts are presented correctly and in the most attractive manner possible.
The wide variety of climatic conditions and available feed across the U.S. result in considerable variations in fur characteristics. But manufacturers of fur garments require large numbers, or “bundles”, of similar pelts in order to produce uniform garments. In order to facilitate the work of the buyers, auction houses encourage farmers to pool their pelts, so that similar goods can be presented in longer “strings”.
Along with farmed product, some auction houses also sell the pelts of wild animals caught by professional trappers, including muskrat, raccoon, beaver and even grizzly bear.