The cull was delayed after farmers said they may not be able to kill enough of the wild animals to make the scheme effective.
It had also emerged there were more badgers in the cull areas in Somerset and Gloucestershire than previously estimated, meaning that more would have to be killed to meet the 70% target needed for the programme to be effective.
The shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh has accused the Government of another "U-turn" over the badger cull postponement.
She said the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson had been "yanked back" from a trip to promote British produce in France by the Prime Minister "who told him it was game over" for the cull.
Queen guitarist Brian May has campaigned against the Government's planned badger cull.
In his letter to the Environment Secretary, National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall said the cull had been delayed to autumn this year by the need to focus policing resources on the Olympics.
Due to the lateness in the year, the news that there are more badgers in the pilot cull areas than previously estimated, and the recent "appalling" weather, the industry had taken the decision to put back the cull until next year.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced that the planned badger culls will be delayed until next year.
He told the Commons he had received a letter from the National Farmers' Union explaining why the pilot culls could not go ahead this year and requesting a postponement.
Mr Patterson said he respected the decision and in these circumstances it is the "right thing to do" but he insisted that the government is "absolutely committed" to the policy.
"I am utterly convinced that badger control is the right thing to do", he said.
Two pilot badger culls in the south west of England to tackle tuberculosis in cattle are to be delayed until next summer, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.
The Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert has tweeted that the Queen guitarist Brian May is in the Commons to hear the Environment Secretary's statement on delaying the badger cull.
The RSPCA, which has campaigned against the cull, welcomed news of an expected delay to badger cull plans but said it must be more than a temporary reprieve.
The animal welfare charity's chief executive Gavin Grant said:
On Sunday, protesters dressed in badger masks gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to protest against the plans to cull thousands of badgers.