A total of 4.3 million pounds of wool were produced in Utah in 1987, down 7 percent from 1986 and the lowest amount since record-keeping started in 1909, according to the Utah Agricultural Statistics Service.

But sheep raisers received 93 cents a pound for their wool, 27 cents more than the 1986 figure and the highest price on record. Total value of the state's wool in 1987 was $4.02 million, up 30 percent from 1986.A total of 440,000 head of sheep were shorn, down 6 percent from 1986, and the average fleece weight 9.8 pounds was down from the average of 10 pounds a year earlier.