Of all the furs used in fashion, mink is by far one of the most
sought-after. Production of mink skins varies according to the
ever-changing demands of designers and consumers alike. The change
in weather, financial market and fashion trends all have a direct
impact on demand. Currently, around 50 million mink skins are
produced globally each year.
Denmark is the world's largest producer of mink skins with an
annual production of around 17 million mink skins. Other key
fur producing countries are Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the
Netherlands, Poland, Russia, China and the US.
Mink is composed of two types of fur: top hair and wool. The
colour variations of the mink range from black to white, including
brown, bluish, violet and versions with different shades of top
hair. The classic mink fur originating from the US is brown.
However mink on farms are domesticated animals like cows, pigs and
horses, meaning certain genetic properties can be favoured in
breeding like the colour of the fur.
In addition to mink, Denmark also produces fox, chinchilla and
rabbit skins. For more information please see our pamflet on animal
welfare on danish mink farms.