photo of border leicesters standing in front of a fence with vines copyright gerald hunter

Photo Courtesy: Gerald Hunter


The American Border Leicester Association (ABLA) was founded in 1973 to promote and register Border Leicester sheep in the United States and Canada.

The Border Leicester is a dual purpose breed of sheep, producing both meat and wool. Border Leicester wool falls in long, shining locks that are popular with hand spinners. The Border Leicester also has a longer loin and leaner meat than many sheep of its size. The Border Leicester is a natural when it comes to direct marketing. Lean, tender lamb and premium fleece that tops the hand spinning market keeps customers coming back for more.

Our association is experiencing some exciting growth, both in membership and numbers of sheep registered. We invite you to join us! Any resident of the U.S. or Canada who owns or is interested in Border Leicesters may become a member of the American Border Leicester Association by application and payment of an annual membership fee.

Print out a Membership Application or visit our Membership Directory page for more information about joining.

We hope that both members and those just looking into Border Leicester sheep will find this website to be useful.

ABLA Banquet To Be Held At National Sale:
It’s hard to believe another year has gone by and it’s time to plan for Wooster. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday evening, May 27 at Jake’s Steakhouse, 6655 E. Lincoln Way, Wooster, the same restaurant as last year. Social hour will begin at 6:00 with a cash bar and the buffet dinner will be served at 7:00. The cost of the dinner will be $24.00 per person. Children can order from the kids’ menu for much less. Please let Dena Early know as soon as possible how many plan to attend so that she can contact the restaurant with the number they can expect.

And don’t forget the Silent Auction! Consider donating something. The more we have to auction, the more money we have for our youth programs. It’s always fun to see what people bring from their home state or farm.

If you have any questions, please contact Dena Early at or (937) 844-3456. Send her your reservations by May 10.  You can pay for your meal that evening.

ABLA Annual Meeting:
The ABLA Annual Meeting will be held during the National Border Leicester Sale at Jake’s Steakhouse, 6655 E. Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. You are welcome to view the agenda prior to the meeting.