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sugar beets, moderate climate, Wool production, metric tons, sorghum

Stock raising is the principal agricultural activity of Uruguay and the mainstay of the economy, contributing more than 35 percent of yearly Uruguayan exports in the form of meat, wool, and hides. The moderate climate, with few local variations in temperature, and the even distribution of precipitation make it possible to pasture stock throughout the year. In 2001 livestock numbered 10.8 million cattle, 13 million sheep, 500,000 horses, and 380,000 hogs. Wool production in 2001 was 51,107 metric tons. Only 7 percent of the land is devoted to crops, although the area under cultivation is gradually increasing. The principal crops are sugarcane, sugar beets, wheat, rice, potatoes, sorghum, and corn.



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