Utah's wool production made a strong rebound in 1988 on the heels of the worst year in eight decades, say state Agricultural Statistics Service officials.

"Wool production totaled 4.6 million pounds in 1988 - a 6 percent increase from the 1987 record low," said Delroy Gneiting, state statistician. While the average fleece weight of 9.8 pounds was level, the number of sheep shorn, 467,000, was up 6 percent.In addition, the price of wool continued to rise, setting a record for the second straight year, Gneiting said.

"The average price received for wool in 1988 was a record high $1.36 per pound - 43 cents above the previous record high of 1987," he said.

The total value of Utah-produced wool in 1988 was up 55 percent, to $6.2 million.