New DAERA minister Edwin Poots is against a widespread cull of badgers in NI as a means of tackling the issue of TB, instead favouring a targeted cull in TB hotspot areas, alongside vaccination of badgers in the perimeter of a cull zone.

He outlined his thinking in a briefing for MLAs on the Stormont agriculture, environment and rural affairs committee last week, suggesting that this approach would lead to a healthier badger and bovine population.