DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn is set to make an announcement over whether to implement a badger cull to control bovine TB at 3.30pm.

Mr Benn is widely expected to ignore calls for a cull, a decision which goes against the government’s former chief scientific advisor Sir David King.

The NFU said it would be “disastrous” for the industry if DEFRA did decide against a badger cull.

For more information on badger cull and bovine TB see FWi’s special report page.