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Badger cull activists have singled out Britain’s biggest asparagus farmer in a letter-writing campaign as part of their bid to end culling.

The anti-cull group Stop the Cull has turned its attention to Cobrey Farms, on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border, claiming that its land is being used to cull badgers in the Gloucestershire pilot zone.

Cobrey Farms, run by the Chinn family, is the sole supplier of asparagus to Marks & Spencer.

See also: Farmer fury as Defra blocks badger cull in two TB hotspots

On its website under the headline “M&S asparagus covered in blood”, the group urges its supporters to contact M&S and ask the retailer to stop buying asparagus from the farm.

“With the Gloucestershire cull zone only needing one small farmer to pull out to make the licence invalid, we think that it is very important that as many people as possible contact the CEO of Marks & Spencer and politely ask that they stop purchasing produce from Cobrey,” says the post.

An email and postal address of M&S chief executive Marc Bolland, who is also pictured in the article, is published alongside the request.

The Stop the Cull group adds a link to the M&S Facebook site, urging its supporters to post comments.

In a statement, M&S dismissed the Stop the Cull campaign and said it had no plans to review its asparagus contract with Cobrey Farms.

A spokesman said: “Cobrey Farms is a fruit and vegetable supplier, it is not connected to the livestock industry.”

Cobrey Farms has not commented on the campaign. But the NFU has condemned the actions of the Stop the Cull group, accusing them of trying to disrupt a “legal and lawful” activity.

A union spokesman said: “Whether you agree with the badger cull or not, it is part of the government’s 25-year strategy to eliminate bovine TB in this country.

“We need the strategy to be implemented in full, including culling. Disrupting people’s businesses in whatever way that is, whether it’s farms or M&S suppliers, is totally unacceptable.

“If [activists] have to bring asparagus into the equation, it shows the paucity of their arguments.”

Last year, farm leaders and MPs blasted Caffe Nero after it stopped buying milk from farmers in cull zones following a campaign by activists from Stop the Cull.
i believe that there are other laws and statutes which make it a criminal offence to interfere with the eradication of zTuberculosis. If infected badger setts were positively identified, and only these culled, then the disease itself is the target not any one species.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...