North Dakota's sheep, lamb inventory down 6.4% year-over-year to a record low 73,000 animals on Jan. 1, USDA says

FARGO, North Dakota , January 31, 2012 () – The number of sheep and lambs in North Dakota is at an all-time low.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that sheep and lambs on Jan. 1 totaled 73,000 animals, down from 78,000 the previous year. Breeding sheep, market sheep and lambs and the 2011 lamb crop all were at record lows, as was wool production.

Goats also are included in the report. The Agriculture Department says there were 2,800 goats and kids in North Dakota on Jan. 1, up 100 animals from the previous year.

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