The Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association (NSMink) celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014. The very first meeting was held February 17, 1938 in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. That meeting was attended by 20 mink farmers, from Aylesford to Annapolis. The names in attendance at that first meeting are many of the same names on the NSMink board and membership list today.
The story of mink farming in Nova Scotia is a story of family, resiliency, modesty, and success. Nova Scotia mink has become world renowned over the years. It’s quite a trip from Weymouth, Nova Scotia to the catwalks of Milan, New York, or Paris, but that is what happens with much of the fur produced in our small province.
It’s been the work of families and communities that has turned this industry into a Nova Scotia success story. From the fisherman, whose scraps feed the animals and help produce the famous shiny pelts, to the neighbouring farms and businesses that constantly partner and support our members, and of course, the families, many with five generations in the industry who work hard every day.
We are proud to take a leading role in developing our industry and proactively addressing issues. We value innovative ideas and actions that engage ranchers, entrepreneurs, and communities.
We support the continued development of research pertinent to the industry. Striving to develop a broadly-based research agenda for the future, NSMink works closely with numerous research projects.
NSMink is looking forward to another 75 years of economic growth, innovation and community partnerships.