The Board recently provided full day fur handling / grading workshops in five communities: Teslin, Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Dawson and Mayo.
Trappers had opportunity to learn skinning tips and tricks in order to maximize the economic return for their work, and the past Executive Director of North American Fur Auctions (Dave Bewick) was on site to talk about what happens to fur once it arrives at auction house. He brought a number of furs to demonstrate how fur is sorted, sized and graded, and showed the qualities that graders and buyers are looking for.
We also had great discussion about the current market, and set the stage for a quality fur bonus’ that the Board plans to make available to trappers in 2016.
Special thanks goes out to the Teslin, Laberge, Alsek, Dawson and Mayo Renewable Resources Councils for the help provided in each of the communities, to Yukon Department of Economic Development for funding this initiative, and for all the trappers who took the time to come out and participate!
Stay tuned – more to come!