West Country badger cull

A cull of around 5,000 badgers can now legally get underway in Somerset and Gloucestershire as the Government tries to stop the spread of Bovine TB in cattle. If it is a success, it is expected to be rolled out in other parts of the country.

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VIDEO: Somerset farmer affected by the disease:

Farmers want urgent action as Government statistics reveal the number of herds infected by TB has risen five-fold since 1996.

Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been to a farm in Somerset that was free of the disease until three years ago:

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