Buy Algeria Hides and Skins Directly From Exporters & Suppliers - Best of 2020 Market Prices
|Varieties||Cow, Goat, and Sheep|
|Common Names||Hides and skin|
|Size||Depends on the size of the animal|
|Season||All through the year|
|Packing||Bales, Barrels and Dry containers|
|Transport conditions||Containers with adequate air circulation|
Hides are the skins of big animals like cows, while skins are those belonging to smaller animals like goats. Thus, hides and skins are by-products of animals treated for human use. Algeria hides and skins industry is well developed.
Animal hides provided a source of clothing and shelter for pre-historic humans. In medieval ages, they were used to protect wooden castles and in defense buildings and window coverings. Velum (which is paper made from processed skin) was used during the iron age period in the Eastern Mediterranean. Hides are mostly prepared from big animals and are used for footwear and making of leather goods, while skins mainly processed from small animals find use in making of traditional drums, clothing, footwear, and bookbinding.
In 2016, 2.3 million tons of Algeria hides and skin, the production went down in 2017 to 1.8 million tons, and in 2008 it went further down to 1 million tons. The production, however, soared in 2016, where hides and skins sales totaled to 11.33 million dollars and then also higher by 41% in 2017.
Algeria hides are obtained from large animals like cows and buffalos, whereas smaller animals like goats, sheep, rabbits, deer, snake, and alligators provide skins. Once the animals are mature, they are picked from the herd and prepared for slaughter and skinning. The animals are available all through the year.
The harvesting of the skin happens in four different ways:
- Opened skinning – the skin is removed like a jacket. This method is used in big animals, especially if the skin is going to be tanned immediately or frozen for storage. The body gets placed on a flat surface, and a cut made from the anus to the lower lip then up the legs of the animal. Following this, the skin gets removed from the animal and excess flesh and fat as well from the inside of the skin using a bone tool or a blunt stone.
- Case skinning – the skin is peeled like a sock. This method gets used if the animal is going to be stretched out or put in dry storage. The skin is mostly left undamaged in the shape of a tube. The animal is hung upside down by its feet; a cut is made on one foot, then up the leg around the anus, and down the other leg, the skin is then pulled down the animal.
- Dorsal skinning – a cut is made along the spine while the animal gets laid on its abdomen, another single cut from the base of the tail to the shoulder region, then the skin is removed. The skin is more comfortable to remove if the animal is freshly killed.
- Cape skinning – the sole purpose of this method is displaying the animal as a trophy. Only the shoulder, neck, and head skin get removed.
The Algeria hides and skins are processed fresh or salted (wet or dry) and tanned, after skinning to stop decomposition, which occurs due to bacterial action immediately after the slaughter of the animal. Later, they are packed in bales, bundles, casks, barrels, and bags, ensuring the adequate circulation of air. They are sometimes also palletized in freight containers or shipped in dry containers. Algeria exports to Italy, China, Portugal, Spain, UAE and India, they also export tanned hides and skins to Egypt and Morocco.
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