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PO Box 884  Higley, AZ 85236.  Tel. 480-822-0025

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We are proud to serve our beef to our family and you will be proud to serve it to yours!



We are a small family farm looking to make a big difference in the world. Our brand is simple and so is our aim. Although we can’t raise enough to feed millions, it is our goal here at Maynard Farms, to raise a select amount of wholesome locally raised natural beef, at a fair price to feed those individuals and families in our local community that want a quality natural beef product. Doing so without compromising our ethical commitment to your health or our animal’s care.


Maynard Farms is a small family farm where we raise happy healthy cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way. Our cattle are loved and raised, not just farmed. We strive for quality rather than quantity. We work hard every day to bring our family and customers a healthy, consistent product with a taste they will remember. Free of antibiotics, GMOs, animal byproducts, hormones and growth promotants. The best life for our animals makes the best meat for our family and yours. 



Feeding your family healthy shouldn't be hard. We understand the importance of knowing where your food comes from, so we strive to bring you the finest local homegrown beef from a source you can trust. We believe in keeping things as natural as possible, from our farm to your fork. Only the best cared-for, highest quality beef is making it to your table. 



It’s hard to find all natural beef in today’s mass produced beef market, the “supermarket” beef has turned into an industrialized product that is full of hormone residues, assortment of additional drugs, and has just become unnatural. In order to feed a large nation and the demand required from it, beef is being imported from other countries and the beef industry has had to get larger and raise beef in the confined feeding operations we have all heard about, because of this, it is almost impossible to find a natural beef product at your grocer.


The USDA stamp on a package of meat is a misleading label for most meats bought at the grocery store. The stamp solely means that the meat was PROCESSED in the United States, NOT raised! Meats can be shipped into the USA from 20 different countries; these countries have a wide variance of accepted chemical withdrawal times, standards, and regulations.

This is where we come in. We understand your concerns around meat filled with antibiotics, added hormones and from unknown countries. That’s why we guarantee our beef is clean and raised right here.  From our family’s farm to your family’s table. We Grow Beef You Can Trust. Buying beef direct from our family's farm gives you the peace of mind that you are nourishing your family with clean, healthy, delicious beef. 

How We Do It
Farm fresh meat


The Natural Choice in Quality Beef 

Loved and Raised, Not Just Farmed

Our cattle is cared for by us, your local farmer. They are personally hand selected and raised naturally. We do not rely on the industry standards that only maximize profit at the expense of the the wellbeing of our cattle or the end product. To maximize our cattles health, quality, and to produce the highest quality beef with abundant marbling, exceptional tenderness and melt in your mouth flavor our cattle are raised longer, slowly increasing weight to allow our beef the proper time to mature.  Our cattles well being is our top priority. We use low-stress handling methods and moving techniques that work with our animals natural tendencies which makes for calmer, healther cattle. They are kept in a comfortable stress free environment and maintain a rich supply of nutrients that focuses first and foremost on their health and the overall beef quality and taste.

What do we feed our cattle?

We raise our cattle on a diet of pasture grass, supplemented with locally grown hay and finished on a non-GMO local grown brewers grain to produce higher marbling giving our  beef greater sensory attributes – juiciness, tenderness and flavor intensity. We do not strictly feed all grass or all grain to our cattle since we feel some variation in their diet is beneficial to their overall health and wellbeing. We believe cattle are what they eat. We only feed premium ingredients to our cattle to ensure a high-quality end product for our family and our customers. We include no hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, or animal byproducts in their diets.  Our cattle do not receive hormones or implants, so they must be fed for 18-24 months, which is considerable longer than industry averages. 

Why do we finish our cattle with Brewery Grain?

First: the cattle love it, it is a treat to them. The nutrient composition from the brewer’s mash is a great energy source, high in TND, digestible protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and cattle can metabolize it it like forage, providing a natural supplement to their diet.  A source of fat is found in the brewer’s mash which creates an unbelievable juicy and beautifully marbled steak. The flavor is unique and the ground beef is simply the most flavorful beef on the market.  Second: Positive, stress free human interaction. There’s the human interaction when you’re feeding it daily that there’s no science for. You end up with herds of cattle that basically are like pets. They get as close as they can and moo for a bucket load of grain.  Some actually quite pig-like in their love for the grain. It provides a very relaxed, conducive environment that helps the cattle become more patient, calm, content and easier to handle, which is good both for the cattle and the farmers. Despite the nation’s most widespread drought in six decades affecting farmers everywhere, Maynard Farms animals remain in prime shape thanks to their mash meals. Third: Sustainability. Our goal is to reduce our environmental inputs.  Creates a sustainable product that lingers in our sensory memories, not our landfills. It's recycling at it best! 

Grass Fed Beef vs. Grain Fed Beef
It takes an additional 226 days for grass finished cattle to reach market weight than it does grain finished cattle. Each pound of grain finished cattle require 45% less land, 76% less water and 49% less feed. The important thing to remember is whether beef is grass fed or grain fed, it’s a safe and wholesome product. There is no reason to be fearful of grain fed beef. Grain feed beef is just as natural, nutritious and humanely raised as grass fed beef but has less overall environmental impact than grass fed.

"Foam to Farm" What is Brewers Grain?

Beer is made from grain and hops. During the brewing process, malt is cooked ( brewers secret recipe) which becomes WORT (unfermented beer), the wet grain mixture is dumped out and becomes  nutritious protein animal feed. 

Where does our feed come from?

We source our feed from local farmers and work closely with our local breweries.  This allows us to have better control over the quality and freshness of the feed and build stronger ties in the local food economy. 

Do we use Antibiotics?
First, and most importantly, there are no antibiotics in the food supply ever. It is illegal. We DO NOT use antibiotics in feed. We use antibiotics sparingly and only on a individual basis when the health of an animal is jeopardized. We only administer an antibiotic to an animal that is suffering and in need.  Treating a sick animal with antibiotics is the humane thing to do. Not treating a sick animal is inhumane. We diligently follow label direction and observe proper withdrawal times so those antibiotics never enter the food supply. This you can be confident of.


Processing and Packaging

In addition to raising our beef without added hormones, steroids, or constant levels of antibiotics, we also control the processing. Our cattle are processed buy our local butcher in San Tan Valley Arizona. This facility has meat inspectors to ensure that strict health and safety standards are met. We do not use preservatives or artificial additives during processing. This means our products are 100% pure, unlike products from large commercial companies. Each customer will be able to choose how their beef is processed and packaged. Keeping our business local supports our small communities while providing a rewarding Farm to Table experience to our customers. 

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Here at Maynard Farms we are in the business of selling healthy and happy cattle. Purchasing local meat is a two-step process involving buying a animal and acquiring butchering services from a local butcher. We make it easy for you...

Once you decide on your purchase, we will identify and schedule one of the animals from our herd. If we do not have a unsold animal you can be added to our wait list or with a deposit, we will bring in one that is  personally hand selected for you, and start the finishing process. This will be your animal. 

When the animal is ready we will transport it to our local butcher. Typically, the butchers will 'dry-age' the beef for at least 14 days,  tenderizing naturally and gaining its full-bodied flavor. After this process, they will process the beef according to the instructions you give on the “cut sheet”. Once the meat is ready, you will pick it up at the butcher.



We sell our natural beef in two different amounts. We offer half beef and whole beef options.  A "Half Beef" is as it sounds, half of the animal. One complete side of the animal. “Whole Beef” is the complete animal, both sides. 

All natural beef from Maynard Farms is sold by the “hanging weight” (The hanging weight is taken after the head, hide, feet and organs have been removed). If the average steer has a hoof weight (live animal weight) of 1000 lbs then the hanging weight (or carcass weight) is generally about 60% of the hoof weight. This hanging weight is what your cost are based upon.  

We charge $4.50/lb * hanging weight for quarters, halves, and whole beef.

The butcher's fee usually averages about $.89-$1.00/lb. on the carcass for processing. 


For simplicity purposes, in this example we will use:


The cost estimate for a HALF BEEF with a 600 lb hanging/carcass would be:

  • 300 lbs. (½ of 600) *$4.50/lb. = $1,350 to the Farmers

  • 300 lbs. * $1/lb. = $300 to the Processor

  • 4-5 Large Boxes (8 cubic feet), 1 more box if you bring home bones and organ meats. 

  • Requires half an 18 cubic ft freezer, with bones

Altogether, your purchase would have a total price of $1650 / Retail value of $2,630

Please Note:

  • The above amounts of what you would be taking home are an approximation and dependant upon how the beef is cut. For example, bone-in vs bone out cuts. And you can get more/fewer steaks, roasts, or ground by cutting the beef differently.

  • Take home meat also varies depending on the length of dry age. If your beef is cut at 14 days it will yield the most. If we continue to age up to 30 days, it will shrink ~8% each week. Quality increases as beef is aged longer. 

  • Prices may decrease or increase depending on the size of the Beef. For example, this month’s beef hanging weights were 640 lbs and 760 lbs.

  • The diagram above is not an accurate depiction of our homegrown beef. 

Our finished beef are 18-24 months old, so they are young healthy animals. It is our guarantee that they are hormone and antibiotic-free. 


So the bad news is that they're selling quickly but the good news is that we still have some available!

A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your beef, this deposit goes towards your final total which is due upon pickup.

  • Half Beef: $850 deposit

  • Whole Beef: $1,600 deposit

  • Quarter Beef: $500 deposit (currently not available)


Pick up at your convenience, from our local butcher in San Tan Valley Arizona, Wednesdays – Saturdays. If picking up is not possible for you, give us a call and let’s chat to make something work for you.



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