Why Charolais

Charolais Breed History

Unlike Angus and other English-Continental breeds, Charolais are a French cattle breed. Established in Central France starting in the 12th Century and refined over the next 400 years, Charolais remained in-demand for their quality meat and beautiful white coats. By the 16th and 17th Centuries, they dominated the French meat markets—but it wasn’t until the 20th Century that Charolais were exported across the world, reaching the US via Mexico in 1936. Since then, the Charolais breed has continued to grow in popularity among cattle breeders and commercial industries alike. Here’s why.

Charolais Hybrid Vigor 

The Charolais breed offers many benefits—especially when crossbred with red and black Angus cows. Crossbreeding results in calves with hybrid vigor: improved weight and growth rates, improved vitality at birth, improved fertility, and numerous other valuable health advantages. 

A study by Kansas State University showed that across 7 years and 2 million cattle, Charolais cross-calves outsold all other breeds by $3.73 per hundred weight.

"We bred 100 blacks to PVF Charolais bulls and that group weighed 55 pounds more than all steers and heifers. The following year we bred all steers and heifers to PVF Charolais bulls and that group weighed 48 pounds heavier than all black the previous year.
Hybrid Vigor goes a long way when you use Charolais bulls on either black or red cows. We use quite a number of PVF Charolais bulls in our bull battery, with great success. Try 'em, you'll like 'em!"
Ron Rabe
4R Calamus River Ranch

Benefits of Purebred Charolais