- Our Family
- Chuck, Nora, Gilbert, Nina, Avelyn and Elthea
- Greeley, CO
- Why dairy farming?
- It's about having the kids know where food comes from.
New to Colorado, But Not to Dairy Farming
Chuck Feldpausch has deep roots in our nation’s dairy community. His grandparents, Roman and Marina Feldpausch, founded their family dairy in 1945 in Saint Johns, Michigan. There, Chuck, along with his six siblings, worked and lived, learning the value of hard work.
Chuck left home in 1993 to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he enrolled in the animal science and dairy fellows program. He also met his soon-to-be wife, Nora who was pursuing a degree in anthropology. In 2000, Chuck and Nora married and Nora began attending medical school.
Chuck returned to working with his family on the dairy in Michigan where he had grown up. The dairy continued to grow, and in 2003, they invested in a second dairy only a few miles from their homestead.
Shortly before Nora completed her residency, the couple adopted their first child, Gilbert, in 2005. In 2008, Chuck and Nora had twins, Nina and Avelyn. By 2010, the now family of five was looking for a drier, warmer climate where they could focus on building Feldpausch Holsteins, their own heifer-raising business. They settled on Fort Morgan, Colorado and soon, Chuck was traveling between Colorado and Michigan to develop the business.
Today, Feldpausch Holsteins operates as a feed yard for heifers coming from the family’s dairy in Michigan and also serves as a custom feeding operation for several other dairies, including two farms in Colorado.
“My grandparents, my parents and my brother and sisters and their families worked so hard to create this legacy. I am blessed to have had the experience of being part of that, but to have the chance to build on that foundation in a new place, in Colorado, is an awesome opportunity,” explains Chuck.
Following the birth of the couple’s fifth child, daughter Elthea, in 2011, Chuck and Nora decided to make Colorado their home. In July of 2012, they sold their share in the Michigan dairy farm (which today is still operated by Chuck’s family) and purchased Long Meadow Farm in Greeley, Colorado, making Colorado their full-time home.
The Feldpausch children play an active role on the dairy, “We love being able to farm as a family. Most kids never get to see what their parents do, never get to contribute. The farm gives us the opportunity to learn to work together,” says Chuck.
Nora adds, “It’s not just about teaching our kids a strong work ethic, although, of course that’s really important. But lots of folks work hard every day and their kids see that. It’s about having the kids know about where food comes from. In dairy, we’re not just working to feed our family; we’re working to feed a lot of families.”
Nora and Chuck are active members of their community. Nora volunteers in her son’s classroom. Chuck continues to host Cornell Dairy Fellows tours and he has supervised a number of internships, teaching university students interested in careers in dairy. The farm also hosted the national Dairy Challenge Program, which is a competition between several different universities’ teams in which students evaluate every aspect of a dairy farm, creating recommendations which are then presented to judges.
Nora continues to work as a part-time physician at the student health clinic at Colorado State University, while Chuck runs the day-to-day operations of Long Meadow Farm and Feldpausch Holsteins.
Learn more about the Feldpausch family legacy here.