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With a 4 percent increase in its production in 2015 compared to 2014, Wisconsin accounted for 34 percent of the nation's production of mink pelts, according to a recent report by the Wisconsin field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Wisconsin accounted for 1,316,610 of the national total of 3,749,450 pelts during 2015, the report indicated. Utah followed with 933,880 pelts in 2015. The nation's total in 2015 was up by 8,300 from 2014.

During 2015, the color percentages for Wisconsin's pelt production were black at 59, white at 12, mahogany at 10, and blue iris also at 10 percent. Other colors accounted for the remaining 9 percent.

Bred female numbers

Despite being down by 5 percent from 2015, Wisconsin also continued to hold a major lead in the number of bred females for 2016 with a total of 254,190. Utah followed with 196,190 bred females.

The national total for bred females for 2016 fell by 9 percent from 2015 to a new total of 769,090. This means that Wisconsin has 33 percent of the females bred for this year.

For the 2015 pelt year, the value of pelts produced in the United States plunged by 46 percent from 2014, falling to a total of $117 million. The average price per pelt from the 2015 crop was $31.10, down from the $57.70 in 2014.

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