BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE CHAROLAIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
It was only after World War II that Charolais cattle spread to the rest of the world. In 1950 the first bull and three females were imported to South Africa.
The local Charolais Breeders' Association was established on 25 March 1966 and the society has since been affiliated with the S.A. Stud Book Association.
The popularity of the breed increased rapidly and breeders from all over the country joined the society. The breed's adaptability to changing climatic and environmental conditions is one of the characteristics that contributed to this popularity. This popularity was further stimulated by the Charolais' growth ability, feed conversion, and temperament and at the same time added a new dimension to cross-breeding programs.
Calving problems, which initially occurred, are a thing of the past today. This has been achieved by the fact that no bull or semen has been imported since 1992 if the animal in question does not have at least an index of 95 for calving ease.
There is still a great emphasis on calving ease in the country today and no untested animals are allowed. The reason for this is that large-frame animals are not suitable for our South African conditions. As a result, the South African Charolais is now a smaller animal than its family in Europe.
Performance testing of the breed has been compulsory since 1995. A unique selection system that ensures that the structural correctness of the animals is continuously improved has also been introduced. Strict guidelines that female animals must adhere to were implemented at the same time. To qualify as a fully registered animal (SP), the modern Charolais must meet a visual inspection as well as minimum laid down performance figures and reproduction standards.
The Charolais Cattle Breeders' Society of S.A. National Auction is held every year. The characteristics of this event are the animals of outstanding quality on offer. It is the Society's wish that every commercial breeder who uses a Charolais bull will experience the enjoyment of adding value to his product.
Furthermore, it can not be neglected to say a big thank you to all the dedicated breeders who are continuously expanding the Charolais cattle breed. After all, a breed is just as good as its breeders.