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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.

Family run mink farmsMore 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.

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Standard Guidelines for the Operation of Mink Farms in the United States

The following guidelines were updated by the Fur Commission of the United States in 2014.  In 1985, the Fur Farm Animal Welfare Coalition published the nation’s first set of operating Guidelines for the benefit of domestic mink and fox producers in the United States. The Guidelines were designed to assist farmers in assuring a humane…

Ag is #1 with SAGES Students

Students attending School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies (SAGES) in Fox Lake can rattle off at least a dozen commodities in which the Badger state ranks No. 1 including cranberries, mink pelts and milk goats.
Now in its fourth year, the Fox Lake-based charter school has set aside a day during National Ag Week to give students in grades 4K through 8 an up close look at a diverse cross section of the state’s agriculture industry thanks to a host of presenters representing the diverse face of agriculture.
Presentations this year centered around the theme “Agriculture: How we rank #1 in the Nation”. Students rotated among seven stations that promoted hands-on exploration of Wisconsin commodities including cranberries, cheese, beets for processing, cabbage for sauerkraut, milk goats, mink and ginseng.

Mink Industry Thrives Despite Threats

Sustainable Mink Ranches Targeted The fur industry finds the need to increase security to cope with threats of animal rights activists.

Fur Ethics

An Interview With a Mink Farmer There are many factors to take into account when considering the ethics of raising animals for fur.

Mink Farming is a Family Affair

Third Generation Still Caring for Mink Bob Zimbal, president of Zimbal Minkery in Sheboygan Falls, WI believes in providing quality care to produce the highest-quality mink pelts.

Farming for Fur

Great Care is Given to the Animals’ Health “Life on a fur farm revolves around the natural reproductive cycles of the animals,” explains the Fur Commission USA (FCUSA), a trade association representing some 400 fur-farming families across America.