About the Society

Charolais was the first of the European Continental beef breeds to be imported into the United Kingdom, with the first Charolais bulls being imported into artificial insemination centres in 1961

10 Charolais facts

  • Charolais genetics arrived in Britain in 1959 smuggled in a thermos flask.
  • The breed was known in the UK as Charolais until the British Charolais Cattle Society was officially established on the 27th July 1962.
  • By the late 1960s, the industry realised that as few as 50 Charolais bulls would be required to service at any one time the entire number of MMB and private AI stations.
  • The first ever Charolais bull calf to be born in Britain was recorded on 1 January 1967.
  • Charolais was not introduced as a beef terminal sire on any significant commercial scale until the late 1960s.
  • Charolais won the Burke Trophy, the Royal Show’s interbreed beef award for pairs, on a record 17 occasions.
  • The price record 100,000gns Charolais bull, Vexour Garth was sold at Stirling in October 2012, by his breeder Jan Boomaars and was purchased by the LIvestock Capital Partnership, USA.
  • In 2011, Allanfauld Fizz, a 19 month old purebred heifer was the first ever pedigree Charolais to secure the Royal Smithfield championship.
  • The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) recorded a 10%premium price for Charolais store cattle above other continental crosses in 2012.
  • A breed record sale average of £7,653 was set at the February 2012 Stirling sale