Perhaps originating in Roman Italy
, Charolais cattle
are first referred to as a distinct breed
around 1,000 A.D. in southern France
. The region in which this breed
was used changed hands
frequently, from the French
to the Spanish
to the Italians
and back again; as a result, trade barrier
s prevented the corrupt
ion of the Charolais, and it is still a fairly pure breed
The Charolais is large, with rapid growth rates, which ranchers seek. They are also used for cross-breeding, to produce larger cattle with easier calving and a higher carcass weight. They are crossed with many breeds, incuding the Angus, Hereford, and Brahman.
This node is part of Tem42's list of cattle breeds, entitled, simply, cattle.