What Is An Agister?

This is an official of the New Forest Verderers who controls grazing on the Forest by New Forest Ponies and other livestock

Agister At Work In The New Forest

The Agister Helps To Maintain The New Forest Livestock

The Agisters are employees of the Verderers. Their work is to assist in the management of Commoners’ stock in the Forest

Specifically, they:

watch over the Forest to ensure that the owners of depastured stock, and others, meet the requirements of the Verderers in respect of stock welfare, payment of marking fees, etc

inform the Verderers of any possible breaches of the Verderers’ byelaws

attend road accidents and other incidents involving commoners’ animals; deal with injured animals at the scene and humanely destroying animals if necessary

organise the construction and ongoing maintenance of stock pounds within their area

arrange and manage the rounding up of ponies and cattle in the autumn and at other times as required

by regular inspection on foot, vehicle and horseback, an Agister will acquire, and maintain, a thorough and up to date knowledge of depastured stock and of ground conditions

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