Hourigan Family Dairy
From the rolling hills of upstate NY we are proud to introduce you to the Hourigan family and their farm. What started with a handshake between Bill Byrne Sr. and Gerald Hourigan, has become a multi-generational partnership with the Byrne family, celebrating 50 golden years together. Originally farmers from Ireland, the family’s forefathers settled here and proceeded to build their own personal version of the American dream. Starting with one barn on one simple farm, Grandpa Hourigan, his children and grandchildren have continued to run and grow a successful dairy farm. A new barn has been added every year since 1984 to keep up with demand in the nation’s 3rd largest dairy producing state, New York.
This success is built on the Hourigan’s pride in delivering the highest quality milk to partner, Byrne Dairy (a central New York icon in its own right and founders of the Byrne Hollow Farm brand). It is easy to see the Hourigan’s formula for success: from the care and cleanliness of their 3,500 acre dairy farm, to an animal nutritionist coming in every week sampling food, measuring body scale, adjusting moisture content and balancing feed.
The Hourigans certainly put ‘Family’ in the idea of Family Farm. Every member contributes in some special way. Brothers Dave, Richard and Andy are all 3rd generations and each of their families offer an important part on the farm.
Andy and Kim have five children. Their son Jered works on the farm full time and can be seen sun up to sun down on the tractor. Alex is going to Morrisville for Ag Management. Sarah, Charlie and Andrew busy themselves with school and extra-curricular activities, working with Dad in their spare time.
Richard and his wife Allison have two children, Teddy and Taylor. Both are in grade school and accompany Dad on the tractor and working with the cows.
David and Allison have three children; Madison, Coleton and David. Each of the children help on the farm, working with the cows. Allison tags the calves and educates the kids on this important task too.
The family is led by D. Michael Hourigan and his wife Chris. Mike has taught everyone, by example, what hard work means as a 2nd generation dairy farmer. For him, there is no other life but this good life, working the lands of America, teaching his family the value of dairy farming and its critical importance to his community, our country and the world. All while making sure that doing so in the spirit of giving back is what makes America’s dairy farmers a very special bunch of folks. Chris tirelessly identifies, records and measures all the accounting.
This hard-working family gets up every day at dawn to run the farm in such a way as to insure success for future generations. But even spending sun up to sun down on the farm, the Hourigans also find time to give back to the community they live in. The dedication they have for their children, and all children of the community, is evident in their labor of love supporting local schools with donations and by volunteering.
From the Hourigan Family farm to your table… enjoy Byrne Hollow Farm, The Best Milks™!