Norwegian fur farmers are cashing in on international demand from furriers, making the sector twice as profitable as dairy or beef production.

Fox hides are the top seller, with sales 50 per cent higher than last year and farmers expect the level of demand to remain high.

"Pelts are being used increasingly for the production of textiles other than expensive coats and luxury garments," Per Haugstad told Norwegian daily Stavagner Aftenblad. "Designers have discovered hide is very versatile. The fur garment industry has also undergone modernisation, increasing the demand for skins. There simply aren't enough to meet demand and prices are going up," said the leader of Rogaland's fur farming association.