For two generations, the Caraways have been active in the pig industry. Starting in the 1940s, when Bo was six years old, his father, Jake, began raising commercial hogs. Bo continued the tradition into the 1980s, owning and operating a 200 sow commercial hog operation. Partnering with his youngest son, Shane, in the late 1990s, the Caraways turned their focus to raising quality show pigs. There have continually been differing amounts and breeds of swine on the Caraway farm for the past 60 years, but it wasn’t until 1999 that Bo and Shane narrowed their focus to raising Spots, Berks, and Polands.
Growing up on a farm, Bo always knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the agricultural field. In 1964, Bo married his wife of 50 years, Pat, and shortly after graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Agricultural Education. For over 25 years, Bo taught Ag in Gorman, Texas, where he developed a very active competitive FFA Chapter which competed successfully in all the state major stock shows. Throughout his teaching career, Bo continued the family tradition of farming and animal production on his own farm as well as teaching. Since retiring from teaching, Bo has devoted his time to raising hogs, sheep, and producing hay.
Bo and Pat are blessed with three children. Shannon and wife, Tanya, and their children – Morgan and Jake – own a 180 acre farm nearby while living and working in Colleyville; daughter Tonya and her husband, Decker have 2 daughters: Claire and Stella; and the youngest son, Shane is married to Liz. All three children worked on the farm and showed in local and major livestock shows growing up. Although farm life was a huge part of each of their childhoods, Shane is the only child to pursue a degree in agriculture from Tarleton State University. Shane now works in the Waco area as a State Farm Insurance Representative. Shane and Bo together developed the Caraway Show pig program featuring Spots, Polands, and Berks – to see the success of that program go to the tab “Show pig winners” at the top.
In recent years, Bo has branched out to not only raise show pigs, but to produce quality natural antibiotic and hormone free commercial pigs as well in a farrow to finish operation. He is proud of the quality sow herd he has developed which is raised in an open pasture operation on his 160 acre ranch in Eastland County.
Since 2011, Bo has further utilized his acreage to develop a flock of quality White Dorper Sheep. He was attracted to the White Dorper Breed of Hair Sheep because of their rapid growth from birth to weaning, their low maintenance, and their lack of wool which had to be sheared. These Dorper Sheep are very hearty, thrifty animals with a high feed conversion which seem to thrive on even limited pasture. Yet, they often have twins and produce a high quality lean meat which is highly desirable. As in his hog operation, Bo has wether lambs suitable for both the show ring and quality commercial ewes and rams.
These quality hogs and sheep can be sold as stock show pigs or wethers (a castrated male sheep). They are also for sale as breeding stock. Both the antibiotic and growth hormone free lambs and pigs can be purchased for their quality meat direct from the farm. After the live animal is purchased on the farm, it can be custom processed in a meat processing faculty of your choice in the cuts you request.