MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says wool production rose seven percent last year, even though production was down nationwide.
The agency says Wisconsin produced 470,000 pounds of wool in 2009. That was an increase over 2008, but down from the 510,000 pounds produced in 2007.
Wisconsin accounts for around two percent of the national output.
One reason Wisconsin's performance improved could be that the number of sheep in the state increased. The USDA says there were 90,000 sheep and lambs in the state as of January 1. That's 5,000 more than last year, or a six percent jump.
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