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Fur farming is the practice of selecting, breeding and raising certain types of fur bearing animals. Fur bearing animals have been raised on farms in North America since shortly after the Civil War.
More than 85% of pelts used in the world’s fur trade come from small, family-run farms. Approximately 275 mink farms in 23 states across the USA produce about 3 million pelts annually, with a value of more than $300 million USD (2013). Wisconsin is the leading mink-producing state, generating well over 1 million pelts. Other important producers are Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Minnesota.
Today’s farm-raised mink are among the world’s best cared-for livestock. Good nutrition, comfortable housing and prompt veterinary care have resulted in livestock very well suited to the farm environment. National codes of practice and operating guidelines provide further assurance that farmed fur bearing animals are well cared for. In addition, mink farmers voluntarily adhere to stricter codes of animal husbandry to become certified in the Fur Commission Humane Care Farm Certification Program.
Precise attention to animal care has enabled North American farmers to produce the finest quality fur in the world.