Newfoundland and Labrador’s mink farms produce about 250,000 top quality fur pelts annually, generating almost $100 million in revenues and exports for the province over the past five years.

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s dynamic and growing mink industry is based on locally-run farms that are providing important employment and income in rural areas across the province. An important advantage of mink farming is that it produces high-value products on a relatively small land base. Mink farming can also thrive in regions with rocky soil and challenging weather – two resources which Newfoundland and Labrador enjoy in abundance! Newfoundland and Labrador’s mink farming sector provides full and part-time employment for more than 250 people on a dozen farms across the island and in Labrador. From an ecological perspective, mink farming completes the nutrient cycle in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mink are fed offal (a scrap material high in nutritional value that would otherwise end up clogging landfills) from the Island’s fish and poultry processing facilities, and manure, carcasses and bedding (straw, wood shavings) are composted to produce organic fertilizers to enrich the soil. Nothing is wasted.

“Mink farming is a very different business. Nature plays a big role in the production cycle of mink, but I think that is the challenge that makes it a dynamic and interesting business.”

“I like the challenge of raising mink. Most of all I like the fact that we have an operation that is creating meaningful employment right here in rural Newfoundland”

Mink farming has become extremely important to many rural communities. It has provided employment in rural areas where there are few alternatives, offering opportunities and allowing people to stay and raise their families.”

“Carcasses can be disposed of by composting. As compost the animal returns to the environment as nutrient.”