The American Dream
It was on a school exchange program that the Byl brothers, Paul and Steve, first came to America. Originally from Holland, the two began dairying in Dublin, Texas 21 years ago. After 18 years, the Byl’s moved from Texas in 2007 to begin farming 1,500 acres in Paragonah, Utah, a tiny town just north of Cedar City with a far off view of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The Byls started their dairy with just 40 cows, and as Paul’s wife Bernadien remembers their humble beginnings, she looks out at their current herd of 2,500 dairy cows, and says, “We are living the American Dream.” And given this sentiment, the name of their farm, The Dutch Cowboy Dairy, seems quite fitting.
As the two families work together to grow their herd and become a self-sufficient operation, they enjoy sharing their dairy experience with the community through school activities, parades, and participating in activities at the county fair.