Fur farming plays an important role in completing the agricultural production cycle
Mink and fox are carnivores; they are fed left-overs from our own food production, the parts of chickens, pigs and fish that humans don’t eat. From an ecological perspective, farmed furbearers productively recycle resources that would otherwise be “wastes” clogging our landfills.
In addition to fur, mink provide fat that is rendered to produce mink oil, used to waterproof and preserve leathers, in cosmetics, and as a fine lubricant.
Manure, bedding (straw, shavings) and carcasses are composted to produce organic fertilizers to replenish the soil. They are now also being used to produce bio-fuels.