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Finishing Mink. #6381829
11/25/18 09:06 PM
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How do you guys finish your mink,lets see them.Mink is a common furbearer all over North America,with good,prime, well handled bringing around $20 at auction.I have been finishing mine according to the auction house specs now for about 25 years.How do the local fur buyers in your area want them finished?
Mine are-
-saddle on
-skirt pleated on back
-tail pinned short
-front legs tucked
-trimmed window on belly(grease free)
-lower lip removed

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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6381881
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Boco , same here but I guess I need to remove lower lip. Would be happy to avg. $12.50 here but maybe a huge difference in size?

Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6381913
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I didn't mean 20 avg o8o8o8,-20 for the better ones.smalls,unprime or ticks/scars out.I think our mink are on the small side.The auctions only want good fur right now,so that is what I send.(like the ones in the pic).I tan the others and sell for 60ea.

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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6381916
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Gotcha. Now I feel a little better.

Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382014
11/26/18 12:14 AM
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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382036
11/26/18 12:27 AM
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That's a nice big mink tomcat but it looks like you scraped off the saddle.

Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382058
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Yes Boco the saddle has been removed. On western and northern mink, with lots of fat under it, it is recommended that it be removed.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382084
11/26/18 01:02 AM
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My mink are northern and often have a lot of fat under the saddle,but I never remove the saddle,just push out the fat from under it.If you remove the saddle you have to be very careful not to damage the delicate skin.I think the buyers feel more confident in a collection with saddles on and pay a little more.
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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382096
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If it works for you find. All I can say regarding my processing is that I have received numerous top lot certificates re mink I have shipped to auction.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: bctomcat] #6382181
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Boco, I believe the mink from your area are classed as north-central rather than western or northern so the difference in processing:

From the NAFA pelt handing manual:
Due to excessive fat under the saddle, western and northern sections of Wild Mink are
clean-scraped, whereas north-central and southern Mink
with less fat have saddles left on. However, it is important
if saddles are to remain on the pelt that all fat under the
saddle is removed. If the saddle is to be removed, remember
that Mink leather is delicate and care must be taken not to
over-scrape or damage the leather with false knife cuts
or nicks.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382192
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In our area,Tomcat,our mink will grade northern with some NC.There are actually 6 distinct sections of wild mink in Ontario,but some are intersorted nowadays,because of the buyers preference for larger lots.The Northerns are still lotted separately.

Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382203
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Very nice put-up.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382229
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I use screen on my mink tails It's just easier.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6382513
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I had this discussion about mink saddles with Gibb here one time. The main reason that they recommend leaving the saddle on anywhere is the Auctions don't trust trappers not to damage pelts removing them. Made sense to me. IMO it is easier to remove the fat under the saddle with the saddle. We got some fat mink.


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NAFA will not dock you If you remove the saddle.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6383149
11/27/18 04:14 AM
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The auction doesn't dock for anything,but I know the buyers like to see the saddles on mink.

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The buyers only see the show lots. They never see the other skins since for the most part those skins are shipped straight to the tannery.
So It depends on what Is put Into the show lots.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6383171
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The show lots are a representative cross section of the bulk.

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So they separate all the mink with saddles from the ones with out. BS Boco.


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Re: Finishing Mink. [Re: Boco] #6383180
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LOL,no,when the buyers see a bunch of mink with saddles removed mixed in they wont bid as much for the whole string.They tan different also.

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