Charollais

Charollais originated in the same region of France as the Charolais cattle. They originated in the early 1800's from a cross of Leicester Longwool with local landrace breeds. The breed is used primarily as a terminal sire to increase the muscling and growth rate of the lambs.

The fleece of the Charollais generally weighs between 4.5 and 5.5 pounds (2.0-2.5 kg) with a staple length of 4 to 6 cm and the quality being 56's to 60's. The wool is short and fine. In Britain it is used in high qualiaty fabrics including hosiery, knitting wool, dress fabrics and flannel.

References:

British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Photographs:

British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.


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Added October 17, 1996