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Charolais cow and calf
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Bos (primigenius) taurus
Charolais cattle (French pronunciation: [ʃaʁɔlɛ]) are a beef breed of cattle (Bos taurus) which originated in Charolais, around Charolles, in France. They are raised for their meat and are known for their composite qualities when crossed with other breeds, most notably Angus and Hereford cattle. The breed tends to be large muscled, with bulls weighing up to 1,100 kilograms (2,400 lb) and cows up to 900 kilograms (2,000 lb). In England, a bull of this breed has reached the weight of 2 ton.
History, out of France
The breed was introduced in the southern US from Mexico in 1934. Then, a second herd was introduced in the north in the 1960s. It was the first popular breed after the English breeds and Brahmans. It was known to produce beef animals that had more red meat and less fat. The breed was often crossed with English breeds.
In the 1970s Charolais crossbred steers won a number of prominent steer and carcass shows particularly in Texas. The first Charolais steer to win a carcass show was at the San Antonio Livestock Show in 1971.
This breed has been quite popular in the Top End of Australia, where they are used for cross breeding. It has also become popular in the southern United States, where Charolais (often crossed with other breeds) have increasingly replaced Herefords.
The coat is almost pure white. The Australian and Canadian breed standards also recognise cattle possessing a light red colour called 'Red Factor' Charolais. The term Charbray refers to the offspring of Charolais crossed with Brahmans and is recognised as a breed in its own right.
In Sierra Nevada de Mérida, Venezuela, following the rural flight of farmers, many Charolais cattle were abandoned; they have survived in the wild feeding on Espeletia schultzii, a high altitude shrub.
- "What a load of bull! Britain's biggest bovine weighs in at TWO TONNES and stands 7ft tall (that's large enough to make 45,000 Big Macs)". Daily Mail. 27 December 2014.
- "'Monster' two tonne bull is Britain's largest". Telegraph.co.uk. 27 December 2014.
- American-International Charolais Association, official website, history section
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