The Charollais was developed in the same region of France as the Charolais cattle. In the early 1800’s, local Landrace breeds were crossed with Leicester longwool to create a sheep with better meat characteristics. Beginning in 1977, the Charollais were further improved in the U.K. and exported to Canada in 1994, as embryo transplants.The primary purpose of the breed in Canada is to produce terminal sires for crossbreeding. The lambs produce an excellent carcass, with a very wide, long, loin and very good muscling. They work well in pasture based or confinement systems, lamb easily and show above average prolificacy. The fleece quality of the purebred is low, but the fleece of crossbred Charollais lambs is improved by the fleece quality of the mothers. 

 Photo courtesy of Medicine River Ovine

Charollais Breeder Listings


Cindy Crawford (ACES)

Box 1945

Didsbury, AB CANADA T0M 0W0

Tel: 403-335-8696


 Joseph Fournier

PO Box 330

Rockyford, AB CANADA T0J 2R0

Tel: 587-777-2422 


Chris Grab (CBG)

Box 3301

Leduc, AB CANADA T9E 6M1

Tel: 780-980-3891

Fax: 780-980-3891


Heather Hammond (LVS)

Box 1641

Stettler, AB CANADA T0C 2L0

Tel: 403-742-2422

Fax: 403-746-2406


Gavin & Isabelle Nicol (CNT)

37408 Sand Rd

Red Deer County, AB CANADA T4E 2S1

Tel: 403-728-0033


Frank Osterwoldt (FSC)

RR 2

Millet, AB CANADA T0C 1Z0

Tel: 780-499-0066

Tel: 780-387-5029

Fax: 780-387-502


Dan Sinclair (HDA)

Box 615

Bowden, AB CANADA T0M 0K0

Tel: 403-224-2463

Fax: 403-224-2431



Rocky Roots Farm (DVW)

Box 2456

Fort MacLeod, AB CANADA T0L 0Z0

Tel: 403-553-2901

Fax: 403-553-2901