Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
March - April 2008
We’ve been busy with all sorts of things: feeding cattle, gathering and sorting for branding and shipping, shoeing the horses. On one of our round-ups, Jerry passed along this advice: “The idea is to get the cows to do what you want, but to let them think it’s their idea.” Seems I’ve heard that same idea used as a way to manipulate people too. One of these groups is being insulted, but which?
On a sad note, we had observed a first year heifer standing over what appeared to be a stillborn calf one morning. She was still there later in the day so we drove her in to get a drink. She went right back to her dead calf and stayed with him long after the ravens had gathered around them. I told Jerry that I usually didn’t feel sympathy for cows, but that this one deserved something. I think he agreed. I eventually wrote a poem about her. Sort of a tribute to her handling of her loss. Write me and I’ll send it to you.
The weather has pretty darn nice except for the days when the winds blow hard. I’ve learned it takes about two days to get the sand out of your eyes for every two hours spent out there in that kind of wind. Gets in your ears and nose pretty good too. On a good blustery day, it can take three men to shut a barbed wire gate!