The county of Trøndelag in mid-Norway has the city of Trondheim as the fourth largest city in Norway. Trøndelag is one of the largest agricultural producers in Norway. The county has the largest production of cattle and milk production represents about 20% of the total milk production in Norway.
The main reasons for the choice of Trøndelag as the focus region, is that dairy farming is the major agricultural production where the implementation of the milking robot started early, and the density of the technology is greater than in other parts of the country. The milking robot technology was chosen because it has become a well-established technology. Additionally, it represents a relatively new transformation in Norwegian agriculture, where almost half of Norwegian dairy farmers have implemented the technology during the last ten to twenty years.
Dairy farming has experienced major technological developments where one of the most important is the introduction of milking robots. Implementing a milking robot often requires more than just the robot itself, but also rebuilding or building of a new barn, which enables loose housing for the cows.
Investment in a new barn often includes installing a milking robot. The milking robots are often combined with other devices in the barn like a robot for feeding, activity measuring, robot for cleaning, etc. A milking robot is associated with increased efficiency and productivity, and consequently profitability in dairy farming and a more flexible work situation for dairy farmers and their households. In total 29 interviews with farmers were carried out, of which 20 were adopters and nine were non-adopters. In addition, eight AKIS-expert interviews were conducted.
Full report is available here.