There has been a good response in Denmark to the presentation of Iceland as a mink-breeding country. A group of Danes involved in the industry will come to Iceland in August to familiarize themselves with the prospect.
From Skagafjördur, the region where mink farming will begin this summer. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
A Danish family with Icelandic ties has already bought a mink farm in Skagafjördur, north Iceland, and plans to start breeding this summer, Morgunbladid reports.
“We have sufficient raw material and fodder. For example, Danish fur farmers buy regularly 40,000 tons of fish offal annually but we only use 4,000 ourselves. We have enough land to build and spread offal on,” said Icelandic fur farming consultant Einar Edvald Einarsson when asked what Iceland can offer the industry in comparison to other countries.
Einarsson pointed out that the few Icelandic fur farmers have been very successful. They obtain a good price for the skins and the depreciation of the Icelandic króna improved their position on markets.