The absence of an assembly at Stormont and a minister in place at DAERA is stopping a badger cull from being rolled out in two bovine TB hotspot areas in NI, DAERA chief vet Robert Huey has said.

In a seminar at the National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo event in Dungannon, Huey maintained that in order to undertake badger intervention work, evidence is needed that the animals are infected with TB and have the same strain of TB as reactor cattle in the area.