Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy

 

Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
February 2008

We’ve been working on some fencing projects including the manufacture of our own stays made from willow trees. We cut the trees into the length we need, split the logs and peel the bark to make stays that will go between the fence posts. I figure we’re doing it the same way the pioneering ranchers did it. We’ve been doing some supplemental feeding, and some cattle work: branding calves, vaccinating cows, and separating yearlings. The weather has been very nice and we’ve been working in just shirtsleeves a few days.

We’re also seeing some green out here in the pastures with some filaree and bloodweed coming on in places. Saw some ducks on the tanks and a falcon one day, and it looks like a red-tailed hawk will be nesting up on the windmill again this year. Spring is a-coming for sure.

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