It is the most widespread beef cattle race in the world. It evolved in Central France around the towns of Nevers and Charolais as a triple use race. A selective breeding in the direction of beef cattle turned it into one of the most renown and most excellent race in the world. It can be fattened to a high final weight. Its fur is typically yellowish buff helping its recognition even from a distance. Its head is relatively short and its front is wide. During the selection process bloodlines without horns were also developed. Its neck is short, strong, well muscle

The trunk is deep and cylindrical with an enormous musculature. Its European version has shorter legs and more muscular while the American version is longer legged and slimmer.
The body weight of the cows is 700-800 Kg while that of the breeding bulls is 1200-1300 Kg. As a middle-late maturing race the heifers can be taken into the breeding program at the age of 20-24 month of age

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