Hello – I’m Don Mayse, and this is my wife, Marylou.
We are both graduates of the University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, where we met and married forty years ago. My major was in Food Science and Nutrition, and Marylou’s was in Family Management Extension. Unfortunately, Marylou passed away in November, 2012.
After twenty years working in town, we decided to “retire” and bought a farm just south of Columbia, Missouri. Show Me Farms began in 1992; the realization of a life-long dream.
Our initial herd of ten registered Shorthorn cattle has now grown to over 150 mother cows, all with 600% higher levels of Omega-3’s!
Because my background is in the meat business (my parents owned a meat company when I was a kid) our cattle operation has evolved into the beef business. It has shown remarkable growth each year and is truly “Born Tender Beef™.”
Jerome Grethen is our Farm Manager. If you shop at the Columbia Farmer’s Market, you’ll meet Jerome. He is knowledgable, enthusiastic, and friendly. He is involved in every aspect of the farm; from working cows, selling beef, putting up hay, raising corn and soyboeans, and growing vegetables for the Market. Farming is his life!
Jerome’s family is involved, too. Kelly, his wife, manages our beef jerky business, “Show Me Beef Sticks.” Their kids have all been active in FFA and his son raises laying hens and sells eggs at our store and local Farmer’s Markets.
Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
This is Marylou and me with our granddaughter, Makenna. She enjoys riding in the gator with Grammy and Paw Paw.
In 2002, Jerome Grethen moved here with his family from Northern Iowa to be our Farm Manager.