Cows infected with Bovine TB have been sent to slaughter from a farm in Cornwall. 14 of the 15 animals were calves just a few months old.
Devastated farmer Mark Oliver wants to see the culling of badgers widened. But others are calling on the government to think again. Kathy Wardle reports.
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The cost of policing the badger cull in Somerset has been revealed.
Avon and Somerset Police say almost £739,000 was spent but they say that money will be refunded by the Government.
Ian Johnson of the National Farmers' Union told ITV West Country's Ian Axton why his organisation is so against vaccination of badgers.
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The three week extension of the badger cull in Somerset has failed to reach its target.
The Government has announced 90 badgers were killed in the period up to Friday, taking the total number killed in the cull area to 940.
That represents a 65% reduction in the badger population - less than the 70% target.
Today I am announcing to the House that the three week extension period in
the Somerset control area concluded as planned on Friday 1st November.
During this period, a further 90 badgers have been removed, giving an overall total of 940 for the first year of the four year cull.
This represents a reduction of 65% in the estimated badger population before culling began.
This will deliver clear disease benefits as part of a four year cull in the area.
A similar cull in Gloucestershire has been extended until December 18th.
The National Trust will not allow the culling of badgers to take place on its land for the foreseeable future.
Members voted at their annual general meeting in Cardiff to allow the current vaccination programme at Killerton in Devon to continue but won't expand the programme nationally.
Culling won't be allowed until more scientific evidence is made available about whether either culling or vaccinating really have an impact on Bovine TB.
The badger cull itself could cause a fresh spread of TB, according to research from the University of Exeter.
The process that aims to contain the spread of the disease disturbs badgers social structures.
Scientists say badgers who carry it are usually shunned, but culling could see TB spread faster.
Queen Star and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May has called for the resignation of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over the pilot cull.
The guitarist said Mr Paterson had failed to meet the test of "honesty and transparency" expected by the public.
Statistics from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) revealed that the six-week cull, which aimed to kill 70% of the badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset failed to meet targets.
As a result, cull operators applied to Natural England to extend the shooting period.