Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy

Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
January 2009

Two, sort of related projects have kept us busy this month: weaning last year’s calves and fence repairs. The newly weaned calves will of course want to get back to their mothers so after gathering up a pasture and separating those big calves, we haul them to a different pasture. They’ll find a weak spot in a fence if we don’t find them first.

The boss has a 4-wheeler now and it’s a handy thing for the small repairs. We strap on a few tools and head for the fence. Saves time and gas, I’m sure. One morning we were at the top of a hill and could actually hear traffic miles away on Hwy. 90. It’s pretty unusual to hear traffic at the ranch—I wasn’t sure what I was hearing at first. The hours go by pretty quick working on a fence; we can talk while we work much of the time. The weather has been really nice and we are working in our lightweight jackets.

Ran into one of the young men who sometimes work at the ranch at the local feed store. He was one of he teenagers who inspired the humorous poem, “Teenagers in the Pen song sample”. We’ve had quite a few of them work on and off over the last year. Jerry is pretty generous about taking them on time to time. I’ve enjoyed them all.



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