Planning Production

The compost supply of each producer is planned and this scheduling directly affects mushroom supply.

During the summer CMP liaises with members for up to a 20% reduction in compost in May and June, to match a seasonal dip in demand for June and July.

CMP is currently developing an improved forecasting system to assist our members supply us with accurate information on mushroom production, up to 6 weeks forward.

CMP monitors the mushroom production by compiling weekly compost fills to each member. This is used to project the expected volume of mushroom production.

During the summer months, there is a seasonal drop in demand for mushrooms. To avoid oversupply, CMP plan a summer cropping schedule for members in conjunction with end customers anticipated requirements.

In the last two years, CMP reduced compost fills to members over a 10 week period to reduce mushroom supply in July and August. This helps stabilise prices by curtailing supply in periods of known weak demand.

We have set up an SMS text messaging system to advise producers at critical cropping periods. This is used pre-Christmas to guide producers through changes to normal cropping patterns to meet Christmas demand.

 

Before CMP organised a professional course for mushroom pickers, it was seen as an unskilled job. All of my staff have benefitted for the fantastic training and are performing much better, and have a more detailed knowledge of what we are doing.Kevin Lynch, Farm Manager, Ballyleague Mushrooms.,
In the last three years over 130 of our mushroom pickers have completed training in the FETAC Certified mushroom harvester training programme. This is organised by CMP and it has made a major improvement to both quality and yield of our crops.Mila KhokhaTraining Facilitator, Drimbawn Mushrooms.,
Getting the production schedule right at Christmas can be tricky, because a massive volume of mushrooms are needed for a few days. CMP helped us through advice and text messages to make sure we did the right things to get our farms crop out on time.Tom ConnollyWhitehart Mushrooms, Whitehart Mushrooms, Monaghan
During the summer CMP helped us to effectively reduce our compost fill and therefore mushroom output to match a decrease in demand. It delivers some certainty to our operation at a difficult time.Darren BredinGrower, Co Cavan, Darren Bredin