Irish mink worth €11 million, says fur lobby

With Ireland's mink farming industry potentially facing a ban, farmers argue for its economic value.

4th May, 2012
An Irish mink skin is worth €56.

The value of Irish mink skins has grown by 35 per cent since 2010 meaning that Ireland's five mink farms are worth more than €11 million a year.

That was the message from the European Fur Breeders Association, citing figures provided by the world’s largest fur auction house, Kopenhagen Fur in Denmark.

In 2010, Irish-farmed mink skins were valued at €36 each but they are now worth €56. Irish farms produce 200,000 mink skins a year.

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