Commiato Farm

Established in Kerens, TX since 1963

There we are…. Long time ago.

About Us

A long time ago Barbara and I started a family on September 25, 1952. Six children, (1 girl and 5 boys). We settled in Kerens, TX on July 4, 1963 to finish raising our children. We now have 23 grand Children with Spouses and 23 great grand Children.  Total count in our family is 58.

We also continued farming and raising cattle. The farm was poor; we could only raise 15 head of cattle a year on 110 acres. So we started improving pastures.

I planted all kinds of seed to improve the quality and quantity of grass.

I planted Old world bluestem, Alamo switch grass, Tifton 9 Bahia. Pensacola Bahia, Ermelo love grass, Johnson grass, Giant Bermuda, Coastal Bermuda, Kocchia ( not sure of the spelling), Alicia Bermuda grass, we planted hay grazer, oats, wheat, rye ( all kinds of rye).  Most of the new planting wasn't grazed for several years allowing it to develop.

Several years ago I planted Tifton 85 Bermuda grass. It's supposed to be the best rewarding grass of its time. I round baled 16 rolls on 1 3/4 acre.

In 1987 I was injured in a horse accident and things changed. I went into the intensive grazing of cattle. I could and did run 50 cows with calves on 110 acres. I had 40 paddocks. We baled and sold hay that was not needed for grazing.

In 1996 the table turned with the drought. Yes, I had registered Bralers, Salers and cross Beef master cross Salers cattle. Prices were rock bottom and feed went out of site. Grass got shorter and shorter and cattle required feeding. I decided to rest the land. I sold out.

For the next several years we sold hay and did pretty well.

A friend sold me 6 Katahdin sheep. These sheep were low fat content and bred for meat. They are hair sheep that required no shearing. I then bought some registered ewes and a ram to increased my herd. I saved ewe lambs for several years to increase the herd. I learned these sheep are utilized in training livestock dogs. They are good-natured and easily kept. This was a new experience for me. However, in 1960 I worked on a large ranch raising over 3500 head of angora goats, (a long time ago).

I had to redo some fencing to hold these sheep in. I used all electric fences. I had the entire place fenced and then added electric fencing for my cattle. So the extra fences were simple to adapt for the sheep. I did this mainly to keep the coyotes and dogs out.

Barbara is still working and help on farm too. I am retired to the farm.

We have been trapping wild hogs and enjoying that. We eat some, give some away and sell the rest (like Blue Bell ice cream).

Retired life is harder work than an 8 to 10 hour day for the other fellow.

I raised some Llamas for a few years. I used them as a guard animal. This really worked fine. Llama’s stayed with the animals all the time. Acted like a nanny for the ewes and kept the lambs in line.

I do help others with their electric fencing from time to time. The only way to go.

I sold off all of the animals over the years and now have only a few laying hens.

I have retired from these organizations. Navarro Co. Farm Bureau, Forage board of the Blackland Income Growth of Waco also the livestock committee of the Navarro Co. extension service.

Our last venture was with guineas. We had over two hundred open range and another 50 in pens. Colors ranged from pearls, pied, chocolate, white, purple and lavender. But, we did not have GRASSHOPPERS. Guineas control grass hoppers and other insects.