Many of today's cattlemen choose to upgrade their mixed breed or purebred
cattle herds by utilizing purebred Charolais bulls.
Charolais and Charolais cattle thrive under
a variety of environmental conditions. They walk and graze
aggressively in warm weather. They tolerate cold weather
well. Charolais cows and crossed cows produce heavy
calves. Bulls have established a good reputation for improving
lesser other breed or mixed breed herds particularly herds
which lack size and ruggedness.
Charolais have superior growth, efficient feedlot
gains, high carcass cut-out values. Their conformation
makes them excellent meat producing animals. And their relatively
late maturity Makes them well suited for fattening to a high
CHAROLAIS BREED HISTORY
The Charolais breed originated in Charolles and Nievre provinces of France
in the 16th and 17th centuries. The white breed of cattle were used
as draft animals, for meat, and milk. The breed was also known
as Nivemais. Charolais eventually became the only recognized name
as the cattle became popular for their high quality meat. Herd books
were established in 1864 and 1882 and combined in 1919.
The French historically have bred their cattle for size
and muscling. French breeders selected cattle with rapid
growth and large size as adults. They cared little about
refinement. They selected animals more for draft ability. Today's
typical French Charolais is a white, horned, long bodied,
coarse looking animal that is a good milker.
It is believed that the first two Charolais to be imported
into the United States were two bulls, Neptune and Ortolan,
which were purchased by the south Texas King Ranch in 1936.
It can be claimed that no other breed has impacted the North
American beef industry as the Charolais. They came into the
United States cattle industry to fill the need for larger
framed, heavier cattle than the traditional breeds.
UPGRADING CATTLE HERDS
Charolais are referred to as "purebred" or "recorded" based
on the percentage of known Charolais blood. Purebred animals have 31/32
or more Charolais blood. Recorded animals have less than 31/32 Charolais
Five generations of purebred bulls are necessary to produce
the 31/32 level for classification as purebred. Bulls used
in the upgrading process must be registered. The offspring
from the succeeding generations must be registered as "recorded" until
they reach the 31/32 level. They are then referred to as
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cattle into your existing herd or to start your own herd
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