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cull

  1. to take out (an animal, especially an inferior one) from a herd.
  2. to reduce the numbers of a population of animals by killing them, e.g. seal culls.
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They also point out that one of the High Risk areas where the badger cull has been exercised has actually seen an increase in cattle with TB rather than a decrease.
"Yesterday the Minister made changes to the locations of the cull and a commitment to review the cull after limiting it to an original 6000.
It comes as data published by the Government shows the rate of TB in cattle has halved in the first two cull areas since the programme began.
The fox cull on an estate can include both net local reproduction (defined as births minus non-culling deaths) and net immigration (defined as immigrant minus emigrant foxes).
Cheshire was last week unveiled as one of 11 new cull zones in England, though Defra has not pinpointed the exact location for security reasons.
The BAI was able to cull more than the government's original target of 131,500 fowls, after Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol confirmed the bird flu outbreak on Aug.
Proactive badger culling in Ireland and the UK has been shown to reduce TB levels significantly, but in 2012 the Welsh Government decided not to implement a planned cull in north Pembrokeshire and to vaccinate badgers instead, despite warnings by scientists that the approach was unlikely to work.
So no buck should be removed from the herd as a "cull" until he's at least 3 1/2.
THE Government has announced an extension of the badger cull in its efforts to eradicate bovine TB.
Up to 14,000 badgers will be shot in the latest cull which the Government says helps fight Bovine TB.
George Eustice told the Commons that applications to be involved in the latest cull were received from north Devon and Herefordshire, adding "there are many other interested parties" which can be considered in the future.