HAYLE MP and Farming Minister George Eustice has defended the Government's badger cull despite a trial being called off amid jubilation from opponents. In west Cornwall MP Andrew George has backed a badger inoculation programme designed to counter the cull and to save Penwith's badgers from being subject to it. The pilot cull in Gloucestershire was designed to show that shooting badgers would stop TB spreading to valuable cattle in farming areas. Culling ended after contractors told Natural England that a significant reduction in badger numbers by December 18, when shooting was due to end, was "unlikely". The controversial cull, along with another in Somerset, was initially scheduled to last six weeks was extended by eight weeks after fewer than expected badgers were killed. Mr Eustice, whose family farm near Hayle, said: "The extension to the cull has been worthwhile." He said the cull had "removed a significant number of badgers which will make a difference to disease control in the area."