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Published February 07, 2013, 10:21 AM

ND sheep industry continues to see record lows, SD down from a year ago

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the sheep and lamb inventory on Jan. 1 in North Dakota totaled 74,000 animals, up 1,000 from the previous year’s record low.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s sheep and lamb industry continues to see record-low numbers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the sheep and lamb inventory on Jan. 1 totaled 74,000 animals, up 1,000 from the previous year’s record low.

Breeding sheep were still a record low, at 55,000 head. Market sheep and lambs totaled 19,000, up 3,000 from a year ago.

The 2012 lamb crop also was a record low, at 60,000 head, and wool production was a record low 520,000 pounds, down 20,000 pounds from 2011.

Meanwhile, the number of sheep and lambs in South Dakota is down from a year ago.

USDA says the state’s sheep and lamb inventory on Jan. 1 totaled 275,000 animals, down 10,000 from the previous year.

The breeding herd was down 5,000 head to 220,000 animals. The marketing herd also decreased 5,000, to 55,000 head.

The 2012 lamb crop totaled 230,000 head, down 5,000 over the year. Wool production was down 80,000 pounds to 1.89 million pounds.

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