24 March 2000

New areas for badger culls

THE NFU has welcomed the announcement of two new triplet areas for the badger culling trial which is aimed at determining whether there is a link between TB in cattle and TB in badgers.

Junior agriculture minister Joyce Quin made the announcement that the new areas are on the Staffs/Derbys border and the Devon/Somerset border.

The new areas mean that eight of the planned culling trial sites have now been agreed and an NFU spokesman said the announcement was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.