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As the plan is being rolled out, it is essential to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the pest management program.
Evaluating the outcomes of management is important because management might not result in the desired outcome.
Modify and progress the plan as needed – adaptive management
If monitoring shows that pest management is not achieving the planned objectives or is no longer feasible due to a loss of resources 0r some other change in circumstance, then it might be necessary to modify and adapt the plan. This could include a change in where and when control is carried out (eg increase ground baiting to twice a year prior to lambing) or the addition of other techniques (eg trapping as well as ground baiting), or even stopping management to reassess the situation.
Alternatively, if the management plan is achieving its desired outcomes then it is worth considering if the program can be improved or made more cost-efficient. A pest management plan should also include a review or an end date, depending on whether the pest problem is reduced after a short-term, high-intensity intervention or if ongoing management is needed.
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