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USDA: Mink Production up 9%, Prices up 25% in 2011

Jul 12, 2012 No Comments

Mink pelt production in the United States in 2011 totaled 3.09 million pelts, up 9 percent from 2010. Wisconsin, the largest mink producing State, produced 1,050,580 pelts. Utah, the second largest producing State, produced 698,960 pelts.

Value of pelts produced during the 2011 crop year was $292 million, up 25 percent from $233 million a year ago. The average price per pelt for the 2011 crop year was $94.30, up $12.40 from $81.90 in 2010.

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“I’m Farming and I Grow It”

Jun 29, 2012 No Comments

Kansas brothers’ parody video ‘I’m Farming and I Grow It’ goes viral

The Wichita Eagle

BY BECCY TANNER

June 29, 2012

 

The truth is Greg Peterson can’t stand LMFAO’s song and video, “Sexy and I Know It.”

It was playing on a Manhattan radio station one night in late May when he and some friends had gathered at a local Sonic to unwind as his junior year at Kansas State University came to an end. That song came on, and he groaned.

But as the song kept playing, the ag-journalism major -– gifted in music and on a mission to spread the word of Kansas agriculture -– sipped his milkshake and was inspired when the chorus played. He switched the words, “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” to “I’m Farming and I Know It.”

The second time the chorus came on, he thought, “No, I’ve got one better: ‘I’m Farming and I Grow It.’ ”

Before long, he had a great parody. Now he has a video that has gone viral on YouTube and Facebook.

“It turned out to be epic,” Peterson said.

When he went home from college to his family’s fourth-generation farm near Assaria, Peterson talked his kid brothers, Nathan, 18, and Kendal, 15, into singing and filming a video of the three of them together, rapping their farming mission on the family’s Saline County farm.

Their sister, Laura, helped shoot some of the video from the break of the dawn, as the brothers buck hay, feed cattle, drive combines and tractors, until sunset, when the three of them walk off into the wheat stubble. Mom and Dad are in it, and even Grandma had a say.

“I have a hard time understanding all this electronic stuff,” says Eunice Peterson, the brothers’ 88-year-old grandmother. “But it is all very exciting. I am thrilled for the guys.”

The Petersons posted the video on Monday. Within 24 hours, it went viral on YouTube and Facebook, garnering nearly 400,000 views as of Wednesday evening.

“When I step up to the bunk, yeah, this is what I see: All the hungry cattle are staring at me. I got passion for my plants and I ain’t afraid to show it. Show it. Show it. I’m farming and I grow it. I’m farming and I grow it.”

“My brothers thought it was funny,” Greg Peterson said. “We all like rapping.”

True to the farm experience, the Peterson brothers worked 15-hour days cutting wheat and feeding the cattle in the midst of shooting the video.

“We started halfway through wheat harvest and I got them up at6 a.m., they were so mad at me and thought I was so stupid,” Greg Peterson said of the sunrise scenes in the video, the ones with crickets and a single meadowlark singing somewhere in the distance.

“I told them to just trust me. … The reason it is so silly is we were so tired.”

They’ve posted other family videos, but this is the first to go viral.

On Tuesday, Greg Peterson’s phone and computer lit up. He received hundreds of texts, tweets and Facebook postings from people wanting to find out more about the Peterson brothers. They’ve been invited to the national FFA convention later this year in Kentucky.

“It’s definitely been a dream,” he said.

It’s also been the dream for all three brothers to work together farming.

“When we were little kids, we’d all play with our toy tractors,” Greg Peterson said. “We’d farm together with our tractors on the carpet. The dream was we’d all farm together with Dad.

“Who knows what is going to happen now that we are famous.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com.

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/27/3679943/saline-county-brothers-parody.html

PETA: Fighting for Its Right to Kill

Jun 22, 2012 No Comments

PETA may soon lose the right to kill healthy pets. As I and many others have verified, the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Virginia kills 97 per cent of the animals delivered into its care. Norfolk, however, may soon pass legislation to make the city a “No Kill” zone.

Mink Strong at NAFA Finale

Jun 05, 2012 No Comments

SANDY PARKER REPORT, VOL. 36, ISSUE 15, JUNE 4, 2012

International Fur News
with Sandy Parker

Mink Strong at NAFA Finale

Mink prices continued to show great strength last week as North American Fur Auctions opened its final sale of the season, virtually guaranteeing that this year’s averages will again reach new peaks. Now that the bulk of this year’s mink supply has passed under the auctions’ hammers and the balance consisting in good part of breeders and lowgrades, regular-quality pelts apparently have reached their final level for the year. The huge markets of China and Russia will have to settle on the lesser qualities to fill their remaining needs and – as was the case last year – paying disproportionately more for those goods. 

The market’s current strength was clearly demonstrated by the reception accorded the first day’s offering which consisted of over a million section III(lowgrade) dark males. More than 500 buyers were on hand and snapped them up at prices that averaged over $100, including all sizes and qualities. Auction officials characterized the prices for lowgrades as at “historic levels.” As has been the pattern in recent years, China dominated that catalog with strong support from Greece, presumably for the Russian market. Hong Kong/China and Greece/Russia also competed strongly for the breeders the second day – also at advanced prices – as well as for the regular goods that followed, where they were joined by Koreans who concentrated mostly on the better females – mainly darks. 

The pattern of the sale was virtually identical to that of last year’s comparable auction, where the lowgrades and breeders sold first and set the pace for the regular goods. The only difference: More buyers and higher prices at this year’s event. And, as was the case last year, it provided an indication as to what is likely to happen at SAGA OYJ later this week and at Kopenhagen Fur the following week. What is not yet known is whether wholesale garment prices, which have advanced since the lines were shown earlier this year, will rise still further. There has been no word from Hong Kong, presumably because the manufacturers were waiting for the results of these sales. 

Moving into the regular qualities at NAFA, the mutations were described as very strong. The high shades are popular for use in both garments and trimmings, but their limited quantities have been bringing higher averages than for the more plentiful blacks and the brown types. And, as trimmings, their single-skin use makes the product less price-sensitive than, for example, a 40-skin garment. Blue iris prices advanced, the company reported, but there was some resistance to “the extremely high levels achieved in April for white and silverblue males.” Hong Kong/China was the largest buyer of the mutations with some support from Greece, Russia and Korea. 

The sale also took on a last-chance atmosphere, as it was the final opportunity to buy certain North American mink this year. This is important to those who feature certain brand names or who have promotional arrangements with the various organizations. There still are about 13 million European mink to be offered in June and September, including a greater proportion of velvet types, the shorter-napped mink Europeans have been cultivating and narrowing the price gap with North American types. 

NAFA President Michael Mengar pointed out that this year’s total offerings included 1.3 million more mink than last year. That, he pointed out, was a bigger increase – about 25% – than shown by any other auction house and was the result of larger production and greater market share. It included about 900,000 more mink from Europe and 400,000 from North America.

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The preceding extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News. Sandy Parker has been covering the fur industry for more than four decades. For most of that time he has published a weekly newsletter, detailing results of international pelt auctions, wholesale price trends, business developments and movements in the trade, as well as economic and political activities that may impact on it.

Subscribe now and receive all the latest news, either in print or electronically. Just $150 a year for 48 issues! Sandy Parker Reports, 21219 Lago Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433; Tel: (561) 477-3764; Fax: (561) 862-7052; SParker@SandyParker.comwww.sandyparker.com 

IN THIS ISSUE:

*Mink Strong at NAFA Finale

*Prices Seen Reaching New Peaks

*China, Russia Main Takers

*Greeks Still Showing Power

*U.S. Consumer Confidence Up

For extracts from back issues of Sandy Parker Reports see News Index. Subscribers can access an archive of complete issues at www.sandyparker.com.

 


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American Legend Sale Closes on Firm Note

May 28, 2012 No Comments

SANDY PARKER REPORT, VOL. 36, ISSUE 14, MAY 28, 2012

International Fur News
with Sandy Parker

Legend Closes on Firm Note

The long, steady climb in mink prices appeared to level off last week at around the heights they had reached in March, but still enjoying strong demand. The season’s final sale at American Legend again attracted about 350 buyers in Seattle despite the relatively small size of the offering, although it was the last chance this year for buyers to acquire the Blackglama and other labeled skins their clients tend to feature. As had been expected, the collection was completely sold and the main buyers were Hong Kong/China, Korea and Greece/Russia. 

Again, darks comprised the major share of the collection, accounting for more than three-quarters of the regular quality goods. Greece/Russia dominated the male section with good support from China, while Korea took command of the females, followed by Greece and Hong Kong. Male prices, the company reported, were firm to slightly stronger compared to March, while females advanced as much as 5%. In the brown types, the mahogany and ranch wild males were described as firm to slightly easier, but the mahogany females very firm to advancing. Except for the 33,000 blue iris, there were only very small quantities of mutations. 

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The preceding extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News. Sandy Parker has been covering the fur industry for more than four decades. For most of that time he has published a weekly newsletter, detailing results of international pelt auctions, wholesale price trends, business developments and movements in the trade, as well as economic and political activities that may impact on it.

Subscribe now and receive all the latest news, either in print or electronically. Just $150 a year for 48 issues! Sandy Parker Reports, 21219 Lago Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433; Tel: (561) 477-3764; Fax: (561) 862-7052; SParker@SandyParker.comwww.sandyparker.com 

IN THIS ISSUE:

*Mink Price Climb Levels Off

*Legend Closes on Firm Note

*Wild Furs Also Plateau

*NAFA’s Final Seen Strong

*Smaller Greek Mfrs. Squeezed

For extracts from back issues of Sandy Parker Reports see News Index. Subscribers can access an archive of complete issues at www.sandyparker.com.


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Unsustained Sustainability: The Road to Fashion Green Remains Less Traveled

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Fur is organic and biodegradable. By demonizing the use of fur, PETA has inadvertently become a promoter of the highly-pollutant synthetic materials used in faux fur, a material eventually destined for landfills.

Fur Transcends Trend Status and Gets the Support of Major Fashion Voices

Apr 04, 2012 No Comments

Tuesday April 3, 2012 (West Hollywood, CA) — Not just your garden variety “here today gone tomorrow” disposable trend, fur is once again crowned as the MUST HAVE item for fall/winter 2012-13 for both women and men.

 

Hailed for its warmth, comfort, durability, and versatility; the praises of fur, and its many innovative applications, are being sung by the most prominent voices in the mainstream fashion industry months before the collections even hit the stores.   With the likes of WWD– the fashion industry bible, New York Times, NBC, Harper’s Bazaar, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, NY Magazine and top Hollywood stylists all declaring their sage trend advice, consumers are boundto take notice.

 

Welcome news for an industry hurting from this past winter’s mild weather, the buzz in the fur industry is electric and highly optimistic.  Insiders report that there continues to be an aggressive increase in designers utilizing fur in the current collections.  Whether it is full fur garments, fur trims, accessories or linings, it is estimated that there are a reported 500 plus designers now showing some manifestation of fur.

 

Hollywood stylist/author  June Ambrose, one of the newest fashion authorities to be bestowed her own fashion reality show “Styled by June” appearing on vh1 network, declared during an appearance on NBC’s Today show during New York Fashion Week that “It’s all about glamour…and there was lots of fur.”  She then went on to comment that “With the state of the economy, fashion is still driving business”; surely positive and encouraging words from an important influencer who has the ear of some of Hollywood’s most elite tastemakers.

 

For the daily buzz on the latest fashion, designer and trend insight, visit FurInsider.com (www.FurInsider.com). 

American Legend Record-Setting March Sale

Mar 29, 2012 No Comments

American Legend Ambassador Kathy Ireland with Renton's Finest

“If you build it, they will come”  Quoting from the iconic film “Field of Dreams”, CEO Joe Morelli is using the phrase to describe the success of the Blackglama and American Legend brands that commanded record prices last week at the ALC Seattle auction.

 

Roughly 400 buyers from all over the world showed up to compete for over 2 million of the world’s finest mink.  Over 250 ranchers were also present to witness this historic event.

 

Prices set new records, as all classes and sizes saw significant increases over the most recent North American and European sales.  Some categories climbed as much as 18% over the Toronto sale less than 8 weeks ago!

 

A Saturday night appreciation dinner for the ranchers and buyers included a special appearance and presentation by American Legend brand ambassador, super model and business person extraordinaire Kathy Ireland. Her talk not only invigorated the crowd, but assured the industry of her support in our efforts to promote fur.

Kellie Marshall Sentenced in Iowa

Mar 13, 2012 No Comments

Kellie Marshall Van Orden plead guilty yesterday morning in Woodbury County District Court to Releasing an Animal(s) from an Animal Facility, a class D felony and Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

The Honorable Judge Andreasen sentenced Kellie Van Orden to 5 years prison on count 1, but suspended that sentence and placed her on probation for 5 years.  On count 2, she was sentenced to 365 days in county jail, but 305 days were suspended.  She will serve 60 days in jail, less credit for time served. If she violates her probation, she could serve close to 6 years in prison.  The defense requested a deferred judgment (meaning the felony conviction would be expunged if she successfully completed probation), but that was denied.  The felony conviction will remain on her record. Ms. Van Orden was also ordered to maintain employment, schooling or job training as a condition of her probation, complete a victim empathy program and not associate with convicted felons (other than her husband, now serving 5 years).

Ms. Van Orden made a statement of allocution to the court, expressing remorse and condemning the criminal actions she and others have committed against the fur industry, which will soon be made available here. 

Once again,  the extremists of the animal rights movement have incited another young person to pay the price for their misguided campaigns against our country’s farming community.

Animal Rights Extremist Calls for Violence

Mar 08, 2012 No Comments

“If I have my way, you’ll be praying to us for mercy.” So says Camille Marino, a Florida woman who adds that those who use animals should have their blood spilled. Marino specifically targeted UCLA professor David Jentsch, who obtained a restraining order against her after she told him her group wanted to throw him “a very very hot housewarming” party.  Read more from the Southern Poverty Law Center…

 

 


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