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Charolais Cattle

Overall satisfaction

2/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Female

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

0/5

Health

2/5

Growth rate

2/5

Calving ease

0/5

Tolerance for heat

0/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Commercial value

3/5

Of all the cattle breeds we raised, Charolais cattle were the "lemon."

By

United States

Posted Jul 30, 2015

If you're just starting out with cattle, I would strongly urge against buying Charolais cattle. They're a French beef cattle breed that became highly popular in Texas after the King Ranch began breeding them, but they're incredibly skittish and their bulls also have a nasty temperament.

Additionally, Charolais cattle are plagued with health problems, including eye diseases such as pink eye, sunburn in hot climates, as well as serious calving problems (they're comparable to Herefords in that regard).

One of our females gave birth to a calf and then simply abandoned him, but we were incredibly fortunate to have a mama goat that had lost her kid during birth, so we started roping her and allowing the calf to nurse her while supplementing his diet with formula milk.

I just don't think they're worth the time, money, and hassle to put up with, especially if you're a beginner and don't have a lot of experience with cattle.

They're are famous for their beef, so if you want to buy one and spend a few months finishing it on good feed before putting it into the freezer, then I'd so go for it. But in terms of incorporating them into your herd, there are better breeds out there.

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