Defra have announced that they will now consult with stakeholders on the guidance to Natural England, which will issue badger cull licences. This is necessary due to the fact that there have been a number of changes to the licence conditions from last year's proposals.
The consultation will end in September and Defra Ministers will make a final decision in the autumn once the results have been analysed.
Apparently Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman is 'strongly minded' to allow 'controlled culling'. She has stressed that the consultation was only on the technicalities of the licence conditions, not on whether badger culling reduced bovine TB levels in cattle or should go ahead.
For more information read Alistair Driver's article in the Farmers Guardian.