Les and his wife Deb Falconer operate Falcon Spring Farms on 400 acres previously owned by his grandfather, just outside of Clinton, Ontario. They raise sheep and cattle on their own pasture citing this lifestyle as peaceful, independent and tranquil. They enjoy the life cycles of the animals, especially spring when the babies breath new life into their farm operation.
Following Les’ dads tradition, and now for over 40 years, Falcon Spring Farms have raised Limousine cattle. Les told us they’re known for the lean, marbled meat product and here on the farm they are naturally-fed, without hormones. Citing a high yield dressed weight, their beef is available for purchase year-round from the farm. The Falconer’s enjoy the loyalty of a faithful clientele when marketing their beef providing quarter’s of beef or $100 boxes. Beef prices have risen from $2.00 a year ago to $2.60 now.
The Falconer’s have pure bred bulls on site.
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Over the past fifteen years, Falcon Spring Farms have diversified adding a flock of sheep to their operation. This was Deb’s initiative and she started with 8 ewes growing her flock sometimes up to 90 strong feeling sheep were a good animal for their children to work with for 4-h projects (their cattle – the Limousine’s – are high-strung animals). Texels and Black-faced Sulfolk are found in the fields here, as are Horn Dorsets, a small flock accumulated recently by their son. Rams are brought in each season to keep blood lines clean and the lambs are marketed when they reach 60-70 lbs.
The sheep are on the pasture from May until November at which time they’re moved to the barns and fed hay and grain.
A Harsh Winter on the Farm …
Last winter (2014) was extremely harsh and the spring was difficult so the ewes spent a lot of their energy on keeping warm. Lots of lambs were lost.
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Immaculate manicured, stunningly beautiful gardens indicated to me that this family takes great pride in their property. Deb and Les also raised four children together here. Their son, Fraser (23) works off the farm and lives in his own home, but has an interest in the farm and is following the family tradition by accumulating his own flock of sheep – Horn Dorsets. These animals are rare, and horns are no longer evident as the scalp was polled where the horns used to be.
Just around the corner from their home property, on 76893 Morrison Road is the Noble Guest House, an historic home built in the 1890‘s that’s ready to host guests for short getaways or retreats. Fully furnished with period pieces, it’s like walking into grandma’s house. This three-bedroom guest home is ready for your arrival … just bring what you wear and your groceries for a comfortable, quiet stay. All the conveniences are onsite – washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, linens and more. A modern inset in the fireplace ensures it’s warm and toasty as the weather cools and a firepit in the back yard encourages outdoor activities, and star-gazing.
The Noble Guest House is available by the day, the week or the month. Accommodation for the first bedroom is $80/day, second +$70 per day and third +$60 per day. You can negotiate rates for family stays. One couple per week is $500 and a monthly rate is $1600 year round. Pets are not permitted in the house and this is a smoke-free environment.
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Deb also has an interest in Classic convertible cars owning a White 1960 Valiant, a ‘67 Newport and a ’62 Black Chrysler 300. She is enjoying working on these restoration projects with her dad. And, she works at a part-time job off-site for social benefit.
Falcon Spring Farms Noble Guest House
RR 5, 40987 Front Rd 76893 Morrison Road
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 Clinton, ON N0M 1L0