Texas Ranching

Texas Ranching
March 11, 2017 — Cattle rancher Brent Rhymes pushes an automatic feeder into position to hitch to his truck in order to give his herd their feed at his ranch named Rancho De Rhymes in Avoca TX, Saturday morning.  Rhymes only uses the feeder every couple of days to supplement the grass his herd eats so the cows produce more milk for their newborns to grow stronger.  Photo by Kyle Davi.
Texas Ranching
March 11, 2017 —  Brent Rhymes beeps the horn on his truck to signal to the herd that it is time to eat from the automatic feeder as he drives onto one of his three cattle fields at Rancho De Rhymes in Avoca TX, Saturday morning.  Rhymes trained the cattle to respond to the beeping of his specific truck horn so the herd knows it is time to eat and be counted from anywhere on the 320 acre ranch.  Photo by Kyle Davi.
Texas Ranching
March 11, 2017 — Rancher Brent Rhymes counts the number of cows and accounts for any newborns as he feeds around half of his herd on his ranch in Avoca TX, Saturday morning.  Rhymes has only been a cattle rancher for a few years, and still works as a software engineer with the tech company Synacor to raise most of the ranch’s money.  “My father thought I could escape the ranching lifestyle, but I guess it’s just in the blood,” said Rhymes.  Photo by Kyle Davi.
Texas Ranching
March 11, 2017 — After feeding the entire herd, cattle rancher Brent Rhymes talks on the phone with his partner Jamie Jones about the number of cows he recorded at Ranch De Rhymes in Avoca TX, Saturday morning.  Since Rhymes only started cattle ranching a few years ago with little money, he partnered with his neighbor Jones who earned a degree in agriculture.  “There’s nothing written down, most things out here work as a verbal agreement and that’s it… that’s how ranchers like us work” said Rhymes.  Photo by Kyle Davi.
Texas Ranching
March 11, 2017 — Brent Rhymes comes home from feeding the herd to find his wife Jenny, center, making lunch with the help of their 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth, left, in their newly constructed home at Rancho De Rhymes in Avoca TX, Saturday morning.  The house was built to eventually accommodate the entire six-person family full-time, although currently it is only used during weekends and holidays because Brent needs an internet connection for his work as a software engineer with Synacor.  Photo by Kyle Davi.
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