Mink Farming has a long history in U.S. agriculture.

See the sections below for easy access to the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Mink Farming.

The Animal

Farmed, domesticated, mink are different than wild mink.

The Fur

Farmed mink fur comes in many different colors.

The Market

U.S. mink farming is a $200+ million agricultural sector.

Animal Husbandry

Proper care for all domesticated farm animals is simply the right thing to do.

Animal Rights

Animal Rights are different from Animal Welfare. Support is shown in many ways.

Fashion

Real mink has proven to be the greenest fur material in couture and casual fashion.

News

Additional current and relevant information on mink farming and the fur industry.

More Information on Mink Farming

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.