Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy

Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
December 2007

Most of the yearlings have been sold now, which required some more gathering and sorting. We do all that on horseback, which makes the work enjoyable--- all those open spaces and just the boss and I most days. I recall a morning ride to gather a pasture, and when we topped a low hill we could see a small herd in a draw spread out in the morning light and looking like a painting below us. I remarked on how pretty they looked to Jerry and he just smiled.

The weather has been unusually warm and we finally got some rain, which is always a blessing down here. In an average year, the ranch gets about 15 inches of precipitation. In some of the pastures we’ve seen filaree and a little blue loco weed; seems early, maybe because of the weather. We’re also seeing some new calves so we’ve got some branding to do when time allows.

The ranch’s resident kit foxes are putting in regular appearances at their den site and we always look for them when we go by. And I’m pretty sure I saw a pair of phainopeplas near the buildings; these are neat birds with crests on their heads that are not very common around here. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them and see if I can confirm that.



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