Released July 14, 2023


Released July 14, 2023, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).



Pelt Production Down 15 Percent

Mink pelt production in the United States in 2022 totaled 1.33 million pelts, down 15 percent from 2021. 


Wisconsin, the largest mink producing State, produced 571,750 pelts. 

Utah, the second largest producing State, produced 266,700 pelts.

The number of pelts, by color class, as a percent of the total United States production in 2022 is as follows: 

Black at 57 percent, 

Mahogany and White each at 12 percent, and Sapphire at 6 percent.

The remaining color classes accounted for 13 percent.


The value of pelts produced during the 2022 crop year was $39.2 million, down 17 percent from $47.0 million the prior year. 

The average price per pelt for the 2022 crop year was $29.40, down 0.60 from $30.00 in 2021.

Female mink bred to produce kits in 2023 totaled 245,160, down 31 percent from the previous year.

The percent of total females bred to produce kits in 2023 by color class is as follows: 

Black at 61 percent, 

White at 13 percent, 

Mahogany at 11 percent, and Sapphire at 5 percent. 

The remaining classes accounted for 10 percent.