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Mink Pelt Production in the USA in 2004

The following information comes from the mink report issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report was released on July 15, 2005. For information on Mink call Mike Barker at (202) 720-3243, office hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

Mink pelt production in the United States in 2004 totaled 2.56 million pelts, up 1 percent from 2003. Wisconsin, the largest mink producing State, produced 768,000 pelts. Utah the second largest producing state, produced 580,000 pelts.

Mink pelts produced during the 2004 crop year were valued at 124 million dollars, up 21 percent from $102 million a year ago. The average price per pelt for the 2004 crop year was $48.40, up from $40.10 in 2003.

There were 296 mink farms producing pelts in 2004, down 3 percent from a year ago. Leading States were Utah with 80 farms, Wisconsin with 67 farms and Minnesota with 28.

There were 17 mink farms which also raised fox in 2004, down from 18 the previous year.

Pelts Produced by Number of Farms, Major States and United States, 2003

State Total pelts Number of farms

ID : 168,700 24
IL : 52,300 7
IA : 129,100 15
MI : 51,000 8
MN : 245,200 31
OH : 63,000 9
OR : 273,000 23
PA : 44,600 9
SD : 78,700 3
UT : 590,000 80
WA : 94,600 10
WI : 706,300 69
Other States : 52,500 17

US 2,549,000 305
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Pelts Produced by Number of Farms, Major States and United States, 2004

State Total pelts Number of farms

ID : 174,000 24
IL : 59,700 7
IA : 132,700 15
MI : 50,500 7
MN : 220,600 28
OH : 70,400 9
OR : 247,100 22
PA : 55,900 9
SD : 67,200 3
UT : 580,000 80
WA : 97,500 10
WI : 768,000 67
Other States 39,500 15

US : 2,563,100 296
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Survey Procedures: Data for mink production are collected from all known producers. State Statistical Offices use known sources of producers to update their lists. All known mink producers are mailed a questionnaire and given adequate time to respond by mail. Those that do not respond by mail are telephoned or possibly enumerated in person. Care is exercised to ensure that all operations are accounted for. Major auction houses which handle producer sales provide mink pelt price data in July. Prices are collected at the point of first sale by producers, before marketing costs are deducted.

Reliability: Sound statistical methodology is employed to derive the estimates from reported data. All data are analyzed for unusual values. Data from each operation are compared to their own past operating profile and to trends from similar operations. Data for inaccessible operations are accounted for through the expansion of the reported data or by imputation based on individual historical data. Survey data are subject to non-sampling errors such as omissions and mistakes in reporting and in processing the data. While these errors cannot be measured directly, they are minimized by carefully reviewing all reported data for consistency and reasonableness.