Cowboys see ranching challenges in Zuni Mountains amid virus
June 21, 2020
MCGAFFEY, N.M. (AP) — Two cowboys rode their horses on a pasture below the McKenzie Ridge in the Zuni Mountains a recent afternoon checking out the cows.
They rode gently to avoid scaring the herd that was grazing at the center of a 320-acre pasture Kevin Marquez has been leasing along Forest Road 50. Wyatt Gibson stopped on one side of the herd, while Marquez rode carefully through it, looking at the cows, one by one.
The cows looked fat and healthy, Marquez thought. He hoped for rain. Clouds were forming in the sky on the mountain, but there was no rain in the forecast until the weekend...