|FUR FARMING SPECIAL FEATURE NO.2|
Grading Mink : How to SuCCeeD!
Prior to selling a mink crop, an auction house will subject pelts to close scrutiny and sort them into groups, or bundles, of the same quality. For a farmer to do well during grading, he must focus on four points all year long: Size, Color, Coverage and Density.
This is very important to overall return. Though size is determined in part by management and diet, the key is genetics. To have big mink, you must select for big mink.
Male pelts are longer than female, and very often have a thicker leather. However, since the smaller female pelts are often used for lighter-weight, more expensive garments, they can actually go for higher prices at auction.
The pelts are carefully measured for size from the nose to the beginning of the tail, in accordance with international standards. A portion of the skin cannot be used for production, and furthermore there will be shrinkinge during the dressing process.
Mink skins are graded according to the degree of clarity, or color tone. Color categories used in North American auctions include:
Another key factor in grading is the number of guard hairs, or nap, per square inch.
And the final key factor is the depth and density of the underwool.
Graders also pay attention to:
A farmer who is tops in all these categories will SuCCeeD!
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