Defra has launched a consultation setting out proposals for the next phase of badger TB control policy.  This proposes retaining badger culling as an option in targeted parts only of the High-Risk Area and Edge Area, where there are high levels of infection in cattle, and where evidence suggests badgers are part of the problem in the spread of disease to these herds.  Culling would continue in these targeted areas until the disease situation has been deemed to have improved.  The consultation also seeks views on proposals to reduce the administrative burden placed on farming groups delivering badger culling and vaccination, as well as options for publishing additional information about animal and herd level bTB risk.  Share your views before the consultation closes on Monday 22 April.