Photographer's Note

Cows. A natural variation in the summer farm series!

Their life seems mostly to be about eating and digesting, eating and digesting! But they are very curious too in particular when they are young, they always pay attention when someone is coming around with a camera…

I don’t know much about cows so I really can’t tell which species these guys are, but they are quiet common nowadays as I see them all over the countryside.

Statistics show that both the number of cows and the milk production is decreasing over the years. During the period 1997-2007 the number of cows has been reduced by 19.4% while the production of milk is down by 9.0%, which also implies that the average cow is more efficient today as compared to ten years ago.

50-60 years ago these guys would have enjoyed life in a summer farm in the mountains this time of year, but the cows in the image were photographed in the field next to the farm...


[5] A few decades back summer farms were widely used in Norwegian agriculture, and the main purpose was to make better use of the food for the animals. The animals were mostly cows, but also goats were brought to the summer farm. The summer farm season was normally from June to September.

Summer farm production used to be butter and cheese. This reduced the transportation volume and increased durability, which was important since the summer farm was located in a remote area.

Summer farm in Norwegian: Seter.

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