The 2014 Pannage season has been announced and is to run from 20th September to 23 November.
Pannage (or mast) is one of the ancient common rights still practiced on the New Forest. It generally lasts for 60 days and plays a role the Forest’s management. Acorns are poisonous in large quantities to cattle and New Forest ponies on whom they have a progressive and irreversible effect and each year there are fatalities as a result. By releasing the domestic pigs, who are immune to acorn poisoning, out into the woodland they can feast on high quantities of acorns and help prevent the ponies and cattle from eating them. Pigs fattened in this way are sold as “Pannage Pork”
Watch out for those pigs!