Wisconsin Still Tops Nation in Mink Pelt Output
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/27/2015
The fur industry in Wisconsin continues to be strong. The latest numbers on mink production indicate that the state led the U.S. at 1.26 million pelts during 2014--about 11 percent more than the previous year's harvest. Wisconsin's production accounted for 34 percent of the nation's total pelt output.
Females bred in Wisconsin to produce kits during the past year were about four percent lower at about 268,900. But Wisconsin still accounted for 31 percent of the U.S. total females bred.
The percentages of pelts produced in Wisconsin by color class were: Black at 63 percent, Blue Iris at 11 percent, Mahogany at 9 percent, and White at 9 percent. The remaining color classes accounted for 8 percent.
The report no longer indicates how many farms each state has, but Wisconsin led the nation in that category several years ago at around 70.
Nationally, mink pelt production during 2014 totaled 3.76 million pelts, up six percent. Females bred to produce kits totaled 853,140. The U.S. value of pelts produced during the crop year was $217.