In 1880, Chuck McCune’s great grandfather began McCune Dairy Farm. Back in 1880, it took horsepower on four legs (horses) to power a dairy. Today’s dairy farm uses a different kind of horsepower, diesel-powered tractors, automatic silo unloaders and refrigerated milk tanks. What hasn’t changed on the dairy is the McCune’s commitment to care for their cows. The McCune’s dairy cows must be healthy and well cared for in order to produce pure, wholesome milk.
Everyday, Chuck and Chase, his son, feed and milk the cows, grow and harvest the crops, and maintain and repair the dairy’s equipment. Adding new technology on a dairy requires milking more cows to pay for the equipment. The McCune’s have a fleet of older tractors they restore and repair themselves. They are motivated by a personal challenge to see how long they can keep a tractor working on the dairy. It’s one of the many ways they support sustainability.
The McCunes also believe in giving back to their community. Each year, they host the Cowabunga Classic, a fundraiser for cancer research that also gives the community an opportunity to learn about their family farm.
The McCunes have a history of producing quality milk. In the future, Chuck, and his wife, Cathy, plan to pass the dairy farm to their son, Chase.
Someday, our son, Chase, is going to take over the farm. If we don’t give him that opportunity, he’s not going to be able to afford it on his own. He’s invested in the community. This is his passion. This is what he wants to do and he does a good job at it.
— Cathy McCune