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Associated Press, Published February 07 2013

ND sheep industry continues to see record lows

FARGO — North Dakota's sheep and lamb industry continues to see record-low numbers.

The federal Agriculture Department 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.

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