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The Valley of My Childhood [6]

I was thirteen when I left Gauldalen behind, after living there since I was born… In this series it is my aim to show the diversity and daily life in this area, during all seasons of the year.

This image shows one of the farmers using the harrow to prepare the field after winter. As I have mentioned earlier farming isn’t that important as an economic factor anymore, but important in the sense it is so well visible in the landscape!

During the last 20 years since 1989 the average size of farms in this area has increased by 93%, which means the farms are almost twice as large now as compared to 1989.

The number of livestock has also increased significantly during the same period:
Cows 56%
Sheep 81%
Goats 84%
Pigs 143%
Chicken 216%

The number of farms is during the same 20 years reduced by 49%.

If you hold the number of farms together with average size of farms you will find that the overall farmland has been reduced to some extent during the period but not alarmingly. In addition the farmers get a lot more produce out of each unit of land now as compared with 1989.

(source: SSB Statistics Norway)

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Gauldalen is the main valley in the central part of Norway in the county Sør-Trøndelag, and the valley is well over 100 km long, and the river Gaula runs in the valley in the northwest direction from its origin in the mountains around 30-40 km from the Swedish border.

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