Fur Farmer

Breed animals for their fur.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fur Farmers do?

Fur Farmers breed, raise, and care for fur-bearing animals until they’re old enough to slaughter. Then the pelts are collected and sold to the companies and individuals who will use them. Not for the squeamish, this job entails some of the most challenging duties a person can take on.

Animals raised for their fur are kept in cages apart from other animals to avoid fighting, which would damage their fur. As a Fur Farmer, you’re responsible for tending to the animals in their cages, including feeding, watering, cleaning waste, and making sure that the animals remain healthy until maturity. Once the animals have reached optimum age, you kill them, often by electrocution or lethal injection.

Depending on the facility, certain exceptional specimens may be chosen for breeding and thus spared. Once the animals are killed, you skin them, usually assisted by any number of support employees.

A Fur Farmer is part Veterinarian, part Rancher. Expect to put in a lot of time and effort during peak breeding and capture times (some fur animals don’t breed well and must be brought in from the wild). Otherwise, you could work something like a standard 40-hour workweek. Supervising your staff and keeping track of business matters (payroll, inventory, negotiating prices for furs) take up time outside of the daily farm activities.

It’s a challenging, off-the-beaten-path kind of job. One in a million!

Should I be a Fur Farmer?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Chicken Fancier, Chinchilla Farmer, Fox Farmer, Goat Farmer, Mink Farmer, Pigeon Fancier, Rattlesnake Farmer

    How to become a Fur Farmer

    Most Fur Farmers have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9makat&chl=no+college+%2848%25%29|certificate+%2830%25%29||bachelor%27s+%288%25%29||doctorate+%2815%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,48,48
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