Charollais originated from the same region of France as the Charolais cattle Charolles, Saone Loire. They originated in the early 1800's from a cross between Leicester Longwool with local land-race breeds. The breed is used primarily as a terminal sire to increase the muscling and growth rate of the lambs. The rams reach sexual maturity at 7-8 months. Births are considered relatively easy with ewes having an extended breeding season. Because of this, Charollais rams are the second most used terminal sire breeds in Great Britain. A mature ram weighs around 100-150 kg while the ewe weighs 80-100 kg.
The fleece of the Charollais generally weighs between 4.5 and 5.5 pounds (3.0-2.5 kg) with a staple length of 4-6 cm and the quality being 56-60's. The micron range is between 29-30.5. the wool is short and fine. In Britain it is used in high quality fabrics including hosiery, knitting wool, dress fabrics and flannel.
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