FEWER than half of the farms in some badger cull pilot areas had cows on them, new figures revealed on Monday.
A Freedom of Information request revealed that only 43 per cent of the land involved in Gloucestershire was on cattle or dairy farms.
In West Somerset, only 60 per cent of the participating farms have cattle, while in Dorset, which could be the next cull zone, it is 70 per cent.
Anti-cull protesters seized on the figures as further evidence that the killing is unnecessary.
Jeanne Berry, spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS), said: "This latest information highlights the waste in this cull.
"It is a waste of wildlife and the waste of taxpayers' money in implementing it.
"Nearly all badgers killed in this cull will be healthy, and this information shows that for the minority that may have had the disease, most were not on a farm where they were a threat to cattle anyway."
The badger cull in Gloucestershire has been extended to December 18 after the original six-week period only saw 30 per cent of the badger population culled.
The cull was extended to allow the private cull companies to hit their 70 per cent target in the bovine TB hotspot.
Protesters against the badger cull have campaigned on the basis that the cull is unscientific, and killing badgers will not bring about a reduction in the disease.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) defended the cull, saying it was crucial for controlling the disease.
Statistics from Defra last week showed more than 200 herds in Gloucestershire have been under TB restrictions.
The spokesman said: "West Gloucestershire was chosen as one of the two pilots for a number of reasons, including the severity of the disease in the area.
"The importance of this situation for cattle farmers, their families and their communities cannot be overstated."
As temperatures are expected to drop closer to freezing this week, the Badger Trust has renewed its calls for badgers not to be cage trapped and then left to die in the cold weather.
A Defra spokesman said that the animals would not be caged from December 1.
Marksmen will be left to assess if it is humane the traps to be set for badgers before December 1.