Farming minister David Heath has been visiting Gloucestershire to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It is part of a five-year project by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory to test the vaccines. So far more than 2500 badgers have received he jab.
But Mr Heath said that while the vaccination programme is encouraging, it will not replace the cull, which is due to go ahead soon in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Our reporter Bob Cruwys, spoke to Farming Minister David Heath at the Royal Bath and West Show. Mr Heath said the government is ready for the cull to start
The Liberal Democrat MP for Somerset and Frome, David Heath, is Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He visited the Royal Bath and West Show at Shepton Mallet on Wednesday and spoke to ITV News West Country about the impending badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset:
The Liberal Democrat MP for Somerset and Frome, David Heath, visited the Royal Bath and West Show on Wednesday. Mr Heath is Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Farm workers are staging another protest this morning outside the Frome surgery of local MP and Farming Minister David Heath. Members of the Unite union are angry at plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets rates of pay and conditions for farm workers.
Unite says there are 26,000 agricultural workers in the South West, with 1,000 working in Mr Heath's constituency. The union held a similar protest last month.
We interviewed Farming Minister and Somerset MP David Heath about the planned badger culls for West Somerset and West Gloucestershire. He hinted that they could take place elsewhere, but said it's up to the farmers.
A High Court hearing resumes today into whether the culling of badgers can take place in parts of the West Country. Lawyers for the conservation group, the Badger Trust, argue that the government has not followed the correct legal procedures.
Defra plans to allow farmers to shoot badgers in parts of West Somerset and Gloucestershire. The creatures have been linked to the spread of TB in cattle. The judge will give his ruling in a few weeks' time.