Fox pelts produced in Newfoundland and Labrador generated more than $2 million in agricultural exports for the province over the past five years.
Four fox farms in Newfoundland – including one of the largest in North America – produce about 2,000 fur pelts annually. This represents about one-quarter of Canadian farmed fox production. Farmed foxes play an important role in the nutrient cycle: they are fed by-products from the island’s fish and poultry processing facilities – scrap materials that would otherwise clog landfills. Manure and carcasses are composted to provide organic fertilizers to enrich the soil. Nothing is wasted.
The foxes raised in Newfoundland and Labrador are the descendants of North American red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) that were originally taken from the wild. After more than 100 years of selective breeding, today farmed foxes are domesticated animals. They are larger and tamer than their wild cousins and, through selective breeding, are now produced in a wide spectrum of natural fur color variations, including: Silver, Arctic Marble, Sunglow, Arctic Marble White, Sunglow White, Platinum, and Platinum Gold.