Farmers Weekly are suggesting that the success of the proposed badger cull policy in England will be determined by the level of the support of farmers on the ground. Under the proposed licensed criteria at least 70% of land within the designated 150sq.km areas must be accessible. There will be no legal compulsion to take part in what will, if it goes ahead, be a voluntary farmer-led policy.
Initially it looks as though farmers will generally be willing to take part and in three defined areas of the South West, significant numbers of farmers have already signed up to group badger cull programmes, according to the National Beef Association's Bill Harper.
However there are concerns about how much it is going to cost the farmer. The Government has made it clear that farmers will pay for everything except the issuing of licences and some monitoring work.