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Lively Run Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in New York in 1982 and pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. The current owners of Lively Run, the Messmer family, took over operations in 1995, after Steve Messmer was discharged from military service and brought his family back from Europe in the early 1990s.

Susanne took over herd management and cheese making of the operation in 1995, while Steve did morning milkings and all hay making/purchasing and barn cleaning and maintenance. The sons Pete and Dave helped from the beginning, being 6 and 7 years old. Later the boys took over morning and evening farm chores.

Pete Messmer took over the head cheesemaker position from Susanne in 2013. Dave remains involved in the business development of Lively Run Dairy.

In 2014, Lively Run started to introduce  cow’s milk cheeses adding to its already diverse array of goat’s milk cheeses. We currently produce 4 different cheeses made from cow’s milk. The milk for these cheeses comes from our friends at Persoon Dairy in Interlaken.

The entire Messmer family and Lively Run staff works to continue the mission of bringing healthy, sustainable, and delicious cheese reminiscent of the cheese they enjoyed while living in Germany and France to the growing Finger Lakes region.