White in colour with a pink muzzle and pale hooves, horned, long bodied, and good milkers with a general coarseness to the animal not being uncommon. There are now Charolais cattle being bred black and red in colour.
Charolais are medium to large framed beef cattle with a very deep and broad body. They have a short, broad head and heavily muscled loins and haunches. Charolais have demonstrated growth ability, efficient feedlot gains and in carcass cut-out values. With excellent meat conformation, especially of the valuable parts and relative late maturity they are well suited to fattening for high finished weight. They are well suited to all purpose cross breeding.
- Charolais are good for growth and uniformity
- They have superior natural liveweight gain for age
- Tremendous muscling and conformity
- Easy to manage in terms of temperament
- Ease of calving
- The ability to fit into any system – grass based or intensive
- Charolais delivers a distinct colour code, Charolais cross calves have dominant colour markings which provides a guarantee of their parentage