MANY farmers are hoping the Government will allow badger culls in North Devon now that the two trials on Exmoor and in Gloucester are over.
Ministers are assessing the two test operations as examples for other areas.
"They've opened the door and we're pushing for something to be done in Devon as soon as possible," said the chairman-elect of Devon National Farmers Union, David Verney, who farms at Bishops Nympton, near South Molton.
He was speaking after news that the Gloucester cull ended last week.
The one in Somerset, that included parts of Exmoor, finished a month ago.
Anti-cull campaigners say the tests failed to achieve anything and the Government should not allow any more.
Parts of North Devon are the worst-hit hotspots for bovine TB and many farmers believe only by tackling badgers in wildlife will their herds be safe.
Mr Verney said: "Hopefully the Government will do its evaluation of the culls quickly.
"Certainly the Somerset pilot has opened the door to something else.
"It proved the cull can be successful, done humanely and without risk to life.
"Now we've got a short window of opportunity while we have a minister who is up for it and hopefully it will happen in Devon."
Meanwhile the Environment Secretary has warned farmers they'll lose some of their farm subsidies if they are late with any TB tests.
Latest figures show in 2012 there were 6650 overdue TB tests in England out of a total of 21,398, nearly a third.
Now Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said there must be zero tolerance on late testing: "Late testing is unacceptable, so from 1 January 2014 anyone who fails to complete their test by the set deadline, even by one day, will see their CAP Scheme payment reduced.
"The reductions will vary, depending on the seriousness of the case, but the outcome I want to see is no late testing at all."
Mr Verney said he wouldn't defend anyone unreasonably failing to carry out the correct tests but there will be circumstances, in very poor weather for example, when they will need some leeway and support.
"We must be firm that if it's not the farmer's fault, then they won't be penalised."
The Government has begun a seven-week consultation on a draft strategy to achieve official TB free status for England in 25 years and add to the improvements to cattle controls introduced over the last two years.
The consultation proposes:
Cattle from higher TB risk herds moving to and from common land will be required to be pre-movement tested;
Phasing out the practice of de-restricting parts of TB-restricted premises so that the entire farm is given the same TB risk status;
Sharing the location details of TB breakdowns so farmers can better manage the disease risks to their herds; and
That in exceptional circumstances where TB testing an animal is not safe, the animal will be culled without a TB test.