Baka Mink Farm for Sale
The Baka minkfarm owns 60.000 disease free, high quality female mink and 12.000 males. The farm produces high quality mink varieties for sale through the North American and European auctionhouses.
On average a mink produces between four to five offspring. In 2013 the projected kit production will be approximately 258.000 kits.
The site is located off of 24 ha. and is situated within the local agricultural area.
The process of farming mink is closely tied to the natural breeding cycle of the animal. The ba-sics of the mink year are outlined in the following figure, which was prepared for the European, US and Chinese mink industry.
For mink farming the primary seasons are as follows:
• Breeding - Breeding to start in early March;
• Whelping - The breeding females will start having their kits as early as April 20th. Litters may range from as few as three to as many as 13, but four to five is the average;
• Weaning - Separating the kits from their mother and getting them on solid foodstarts after six to eight weeks, in late June or early July;
• Growth and Furring - From August through to pelting time in November/December the focus is on kit growth and proper fur development;
Waste production from a mink farm consists of two primary waste streams, manure and urine from the mink, which is mixed with wood shavings and straw from the nest boxes, and carcasses. Manure production varies with the time of year, with lower volumes produced from late-November through May, as the farm is populated only with breeding stock, and larger and increasing volumes produced from June through November, as the kits grow. The mixing of the manure/urine with the wood sha-vings/straw produces a very manageable solid waste product. Carcasses are the primary waste stream from pelting.
With all animals held in cages the manure and urine collects directly under these cages, in the sheds. In a vast majority of cases the mink return to the same spot to deposit their waste on an ongoing basis. In addition, straw and/or wood shavings are used in the nest boxes and the manure/urine becomes mixed with the straw/shavings that fall through the cage, producing a more manageable waste product. For hygiene purposes and to reduce odour, waste will be collected from the sheds on a regular basis, consisting of every two weeks in the late summer and less often during cooler periods. Waste is to be collected using a small articulating tractor which is capable of operating in the sheds.
Waste Handling and Disposal
The handling and disposal of the waste from the mink farm will be undertaken using approved manure management strategies. The primary handing and disposal methodologies to be used will include short-term stockpiling, land application and potentially composting.