Fur Enhancement Project 2016 - 2017

The Fur Enhancement Project has three purposes:

  • To encourage fur producers to retain superior quality genetic stock that is Aleutian Disease Resistant
  • To encourage the use of herd health protocols as a method of disease prevention
  • To implement initiatives which may lead to increased feed efficiency

This project has four components:

  1. Purchasing of High Quality Breeding Stock (Mink & Fox)
  2. Herd Health
  3. Feed Efficiency Initiative
    Feeding a balanced ration is important for healthy animals and top pelt quality.
  4. MALDI-TOF Testing for Genetic Resistance of Mink to Aleutian Disease .
    The PEI Fur Breeders have identified Aleutian Disease Resistance (ADR) as a key trait for improving genetic stock.  The PEI Fur Breeders has determined that breeding animals with a blood protein ratio of 0.8 or greater (determined using a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometric or equivalent test to measure ADR) will improve herd quality by increasing birth rates and decreasing in the mortality within herds.

Who is eligible for funding?

  1. Must be a bonafide farmer (must have a minimum of $10,000 in annual gross farm sales)
  2. Must have premises identified under the new Premises Identification Regulations
  3. Must be a member in good standing with the PEI Fur Breeders Association

What expenses are eligible for funding?

A. Purchasing of High Quality Breeding Stock (Mink & Fox)

  • Purchase of high quality breeding stock

Eligible Purchased Animals are Breeding Stock originating from eligible source farms:

  • Those farms with annual minimum sale volume of 4,000 or greater pelts and/or breeders (black and mahogany) and in the top 20% of auction sales
  • Those farms with annual minimum sales volumes of 2,000 or greater pelts and/or breeders (pastel and other lower volume, high demand colors) and in the top 20% of auction sales
  • Eligible mink must be free of Aleutian Disease (AD): acquired from mink farms free of AD as declared by the seller on the Aleutian Disease Free Declaration Form
  • Eligible mink must originate from mink ranches that are certified free of AD by a veterinarian in the originating jurisdiction
  • Eligible mink must be blood tested for an be serologically negative for AD within 30 days prior to purchase using either the Counter-Current Immunelectrophoresis (CCIP) or the Later Flow Test, or the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or another test approved by the PEI Department of Agriculture & Forestry.


  • Animals purchased must be tattooed by the ranch of origin in accordance with national livestock registration standards

B. Herd Health

  • Vaccines as identified by the PEI Fur Breeders Association as enhancements that are not currently considered on-going/normal farm practice.  
  • Cage Enrichments
  • Fly Control

C. Feed Efficiency Iniativies

  • Ration formulation with a qualified nutritionist
  • Feed analysis with an accredited lab
  • Purchase of technology to improve feed efficiency (i.e. the computerization unit as an add-on to feed carts)
  • Water Testing
  • Breeding / Health Improvement Supplements

D. MALDI-TOF Testing for Genetic resistance of Mink to Aleutian Disease
Producers must complete a summary report and include;

  • a copy of herd laboratory results
  • proof of payment for laboratory testing
  • future action plan to improve the herd genetics based on the laboratory results

The report should also provide initial identification of mortality rates, birth rates and baseline genetic AD resistance for use as benchmarks for future testing in subsequent years to measure any improvements or decline in the herd.

What funding assistance is available?

A. Purchasing of High Quality Genetic Breeding Stock(Mink & Fox)


  • 100% of transportation costs to a maximum of $ 25 per animal
  • Up to 50% of purchase price to a maximum of $ 125/breeder male
  • Up to 50% of purchase price to a maximum of $ 100/breeder female


  • 100% of transportation costs to a maximum of $ 25 per animal
  • Up to 50% of purchase price to a maximum of $ 150 per male/female

B. Herd Health

  • up to 50% of eligible costs

C. Feed Efficiency Iniatives

  • Up to 50% of elibile costs

D.MALDI-TOF Testing for Genetic Resistance of Mink Aleutian Disease
50%  funding level for:

  • MALDI-TOF testing – to a maximum of 20,000 samples at $ 1.50/sample
  • The training of an individual selected by the PEI Fur Breeders, to cross train with the AVC technician – in order to learn the testing process (to a maximum of $ 5,000)

Individual farm caps are determined based on farm breeding stock inventory as declared on the claim form.  The reimbursement of expenses inclusive of all Activities A, B, C and D is up to a maximum per farm based on the table below.

Category # of breeding Cap per Farm
Farm Funding Level Caps for Fur Project 2015-2016
Small < 2,000 $3,000
Medium 2,000 - 5,000 $5,000
Large 5,000 + $8,000

How do I apply and claim?

  • Applicant will submit the application / claim form.
  • Expenses approved by the Department as eligible under the project will be reimbursed up to the farm cap.
  • Individual farms will submit claim form including invoices and proof of payment for Activities A, B, C and D. 

Is there a deadline?

  • March 15, 2017

Forward completed and signed application and claim form to:

PEI Department of Agriculture & Fisheries
5th Floor Jones Building, PO Box 2000, 11 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N8
Phone: (902) 368-4815
Fax: (902) 368-4857
Email: lemacswain@gov.pe.ca


This program was developed in consultation with the PEI Fur Breeders Association.


Published date: 
October 24, 2016
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