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MINK-PELT PRODUCTION IN UTAH RISES 1% ABOVE ’88 RECORD

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Mink-pelt production in Utah - the second-highest mink-producing state in the nation - totaled 780,000 last year, 1 percent above the record high set in 1988, according to the Utah Agricultural Statistics Service.

The "standard" color was the most common class and accounted for 53 percent of the state's mink pelts. "Demi-buff" and "mahogany" accounted for 20 percent and 12 percent, respectively.Females bred to produce kits this year totaled 189,000, 16 percent less than last year.

Nationally, 4.6 million mink pelts were produced in 1989, 100,000 more than the previous year.