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

Border Leicesters are a maternal breed which can be considered dual-purpose. The Border Leicester ewe is a robust dam to vigorous, fast-growing lambs fit to many markets. The breed is a popular choice across the globe for developing strong commercial ewe crosses. Their wool grows in lustrous, long locks with appealing curls popular with hand spinners. The “regal” breed, Border Leicesters have an alert appearance with long erect ears and a Roman nose. Match that with their calm and curious disposition and find a sheep that is a pleasure to raise for novice and experienced shepherds alike.