Volume 12 Part 1 Article 60: The Role of Management in the Evolution of a Traditional U.K. Tray Farm

Volume 12 Part 1 Article 60
Year 1989
Title: The Role of Management in the Evolution of a Traditional U.K. Tray Farm
Author: G.W. Ganney


The economic constrictions in commercially producing mushrooms in the 1990’s presents the existing large scale tray grower in the U.K. with immediate major management decisions. The most unlikely decision being to change an existing tray to a shelf system due to lack of economic credibility. Future planning has to be carried out using basic mushroom production principles in relation to new cultural techniques and a combination of management skills in order to provide an economic unit for the future.

Basic production principles concern the provision of a totally selective substrate in order to arrive at an analytically supplemented fully spawn grown compost controlled by a regulated supportive casing layer, all prepared under strict hygienic working conditions. Eliminating such basic principles or taking short cuts will introduce the probability of failure resulting in reduced output and quality.

The introduction of new techniques will result in reductions in labour input, material wastage, tray handling and lead to improved mushroom quality standards. Such techniques cannot be implemented at the sacrifice of microbiological principles which, if ignored, will result in the failure of quality production at high levels of output.

The implementation of management skills operating in the confines of strict financial, labour and facility control, will be totally necessary to achieve the desired objectives. People will be a prime factor in the contribution to the overall success. Mobilizing management skills to achieve their motivation and improved training, will be essential in order to create the dedication necessary for the successful evolution of a traditional tray farm.

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