Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bonjour Charolais

While driving from Paris down to Marseille this summer there were a few interesting things I came across..

One thing was this cooling tower with a child playing on it....

Another were lots and lots of white cows!
Having grown up around Holstein's I didn't realize how accustomed I'd become to driving and seeing their big black spots.
The contrasting white cows in the bright green pastures looked beautiful while coasting through the French country side.

I found out this cow was called a Charolais..
In the 16th and 17th centuries they were the favorite in French markets, especially in Lyon.

Brought to America in the 40's via the South, and raised as a beef breed prized for their red meat, they are also good milkers, and are used for cross breeding.

Apparently no other breed has impacted the North American beef industry as they have.
Farmers like them for their large frames, (heavier than the traditional British breeds), their overall ability to walk, graze, stand up to the cold, and raise heavy calves.

I just like their look..

1 comment:

  1. Cool post. I did not know that. MMMM...steak!!