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Market Update – October 18, 2017

GFW has just returned from trips across Russia, Hong Kong and China.  We were very encouraged by coyote, muskrat, and beaver, and are even seeing some interest in red fox, otter and wild mink.  Raccoon was a major disappointment. We are open to all coyote, and especially westerns.  Remember we take dry, green and carcass coyotes.  We have new...
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Best Wishes, Mike Mazur!

Mike Mazur of Northwest Iowa Fur Exchange, Spirit Lake, IA, has decided to retire after 30+ years in the GFW organization.  His dedication and honesty will be surely missed by GFW and the entire fur trade.  Our buyers will be covering Mike’s fur routes in the upcoming season.  We wish Mike the best of luck on the trapline and...
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Market Update — August 18, 2017

Many wild fur items are severely depressed, however muskrats saw some respectable price levels in the early part of the season.  I felt we were actually very aggressive at times.  This season muskrats will be affected by geopolitical situations, production numbers and ranch mink prices. The geopolitical situation affecting muskrats is rather acute.  Muskrat plates are still sold into...
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Beaver Production — August 4, 2017

We will need a tremendous quantity of beaver for hatters purposes this fall and winter.  We are encouraging trappers of every species to consider trapping beaver if possible.  We feel passionate about this as it will curtail production of depressed items, increase production of an under-produced item, and be a profitable venture for many trappers. Raccoon and some other...
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Ranch Mink Situation — August 4, 2017

The traditional August holiday period is upon the fur trade.  China does not usually participate in this tradition.  Factories in China have run full tilt in past years when demand for full length mink garments was at its peak.  This year is a glaring exception as mink factories remain idle with few orders for the coming season. As a...
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Short Market Update — Monday, July 24, 2017

There remains heavy interest in coyote.  Section is important but will be compromised as better westerns will become increasingly scarce. Interest in muskrat remains active but is very sensitive to prices.  We are open to any goods at a price. Raccoon is still relatively slow but should pick up in a couple weeks.
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Market Report – July 2017

We have hesitated to write a market report for some time.  The market has drifted sideways for basically a year.  Small increases in prices appeared and disappeared in several species.  The market is still dominated by an oversupply of ranch mink.  Future prices will continue to be affected by mink production, Russia and Chinese mink demand. US and European...
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2016-2017 Fur Season

As the new trapping and hunting season is about to begin, we are working to discover the real market for wild fur. We have been marketing wild fur aggressively by establishing new means of making wild fur readily available to the end users . What have we discovered about demand?  We have seen a moderate rise in the prices...
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End of 2015-16 Season

The 2015-16 fur season is coming to an end in Forreston. This time of year we finish processing our fur and grading. We have finished scraping our beaver from our spring pickups. Beaver are normally the last fur to be processed in Forreston. We have seen a good flow of fur being shipped to us which comes from all...
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GFW is Getting Ready For The Start of The Fur Buying Season.

We will be posting our routes soon.  We will be covering the same area as last year with minor adjustments to the stops and times. Fur Market Market: The international fur market has seen the ranch mink and fox prices drop significantly at the September auctions(Copenhagen and Helsinki). There is a fur market, but at reduced prices. 1) The reduction...
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