Paul Gould, the chairman of the Dorset branch of the National Farmers' Union, has support from several other farmers to run a pilot cull in the county.
They were ready to go until ministers made a last minute decision last month not to extend the trials. Seven weeks on, Mr Gould still doesn't understand why.
A quarter of Mr Gould’s herd was slaughtered last month after the animals tested positive for TB. It is a closed herd - no cattle have been brought in from other farms for more than fifty years. Mr Gould concludes that wildlife brought TB to the farm.
Pilot culls of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year failed to meet targets. The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says techniques need to be improved before the culls are extended to new areas.
Mr Paterson told Parliament:
His junior minister and the MP for North Cornwall, Dan Rogerson has been defending the decision at the Bath and West Show.
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