Charolais History

The following historical information was compiled by Hedi Trescher of Brisco Charolais, Brisco, BC from Charolais Banners and the White Gold history book.

Charolais Dates

878 – first mention of “white cattle in France”

1773 – relocation of part of the white herd to the “Nivearnais” region by Claude Mathieu – name of these cattle called “Nivernais”

1864 – Count Charoles de Bouille establishes the registry of “Nivernais” breed – first Charolais herd book established

1920 – ”Nivernais” and “Charolais” herd book merged and “Herd Book Charolais” became established

1922 – Export Syndicate headed by General Marquis de LeGuiche shipped 45 Charolais to Brazil and Uruguay

1930 – first of a total of 37 head in 3 shipments (1930, 1931 & 1937) imported into Mexico by Jean Pugibet, General Trevino and Colonel Dan Breen.

1945 – ”American Charolaise Breeders Association” was formed by Joe and William Pate, Red W, Turner and harl R. Thomas.

1949 – “The American Charbray Breeders Association” came into being

1951 – The “International Charollaise Cattle Raiser Association”

1951 – ”Miss Lin” registered in the “American Charollaise Breeders Association” – the first Charolais animal registered in the U.S.

1953 – Entire Mexican herd smuggle into US

1954 – The “Association of Breeders of Certified Improved Charolais” (later changed to “Pan American Charolais Association”) was formed with Cliff Aultman, Buddy Cobb, Clint Ferris, Joe Hewitt, Wayne Malmberg and Bill Sidley as the Founding Members.

1955 – Max and Wayne Malmberg imports Charolais bull into Canada

1955 – Mexican Charolais herd returned to Mexico from U.S. and purchased by M.S. (Max) Michaelis, Jr.

1956 – Ed Llyons imported 15 heifers and a bull from Louisiana

1957 – Murray Little, Markham, Ontario imported 5 bred heifers, two cows with calves and two bull which he had purchased from the Turner Ranch in Texas.

1957 –  “The American Charolais Breeders Association and the “International Charollaise Cattle Raisers Association” joined to become the “American International Charolais Association”

1959 – Jan. 17 – Founding meeting of Canadian Charolais Association

1959 – 1960     Mrs. Lee Shelstad, first Recording Secretary of CCA

1959 – 1961     John Ballachey, Secretary of CCA

1959 – 1960     Ray Branum, President of CCA

1960 – April 13 – Canadian Charolais Association Incorporated under the Live Stock Pedigree Act of Canada

1960 – 1962    Mary G. Curry, Maple Creek, SK – CCA Recording Secretary

1961 – North Central Alberta Charolais Club formed

1961 – 1963     Wayne Malmerg, President of CCA

1961 –  1963    Stanley C. Roberts, Secretary of CCA

1962 – 1963     Marjorie E. Forester-Patton, Maple Creek, SK CCA recording secretary

1962 – 1968 – Rodney James, CCA Secretary

1963 – 1964 – Gerald Lalonde, president of CCA

1964 – April 18 – Saskatchewan Charolais Assn. First Annual Meeting

1964 – International Charolais Federation formed

1964 – 1966 – Clare Geddes, president of CCA

1965 – North Central Alberta Charolais Club was later converted to the Alberta Charolias Association

1965 – May – Import permits for French Cattle issued

1966 – 1967  Ivan Ohler, president of CCA

1966 – Oct.  First issue of Canadian Charolais Banner published

1967 – 1969  H.G. (Barney) Samllman, president of CCA

1967 –   May 28 – Eastern Charolais Assn. formed – name changed in 1972 to Ontario Charolais Association

1967 – CCA hosts World Charolais Federation Meeting

1967 –  ”Pan American Charolais Association” joined the “International Charolais Association”

1967 – Nov. 29 – Organizational Meeting of “Charolettes” chaired by Judy Enzman

1967 –   Nov. 30 – First Canadian Charolais Production Sale – Charrouse Ranch

1968 –  First Conception to Consumer Test Program initiated – first results in 1970

1968 –  CCA goes to computerized Cattle Registration

1968 – 1971  Dennis Cluley, CCA Secretary

1968 – June 8 – Manitoba Charolais Assn. formed

1969 – 1972  Harvey Trimble, president of CCA

1969 – Charolais office moves from Lacombe to 4816 Macleod Trail, Calgary,AB

1970 – BC Charolais Assn. formed

1970 – 1972  Ernie Nimitz, CCA Fieldman

1971 – 1973  James Hester, CCA Secretary

1971 – 1973  Ed Rabel, CCA Fieldman

1971 – Maritime Charolais Association formed

1972 – 1974  Bob Day, CCA Performance Director

1972 – 1974  John Devins, president of CCA

1972 – Quebec Charolais Assn. formed

1972 – October – Charolais office moves to 218 – 11 Ave. S.W, Calgary, AB

1973 – 1983  Lloyd Quantz, CCA General Manager

1973 – 1997  Les Ledene, CCA Computer Operations Manager

1974 – 1976  Bill Hunt, president of CCA

1974 – Joyce (Lockwood) Stewart hired by CCA (-1999)

1974 – 1976  Tony Saretsky, CCA communications director

1976 – 1978  Harold Thornton, president of CCA

1975 – 1988  Gerry Bowes, CCA Performance Director

1978 – Official opening of “The Charolais Building, 2320-41st Ave. NE, Calgary

1978 – 1980  Wilf Sieger, president of CCA

1980 – 1982  John Nykamp, president of CCA

1981 – 1984  Bob James, Editor Canadian Charolais Banner

1982 – 1984  Ron Lipsett, president of CCA

1983 – Les Ledene, CCA Acting General Manager

1984 – Milton Weiss – CCA General Manager

1984 – Mortgage to Charolais Building retired

1984 – 1986  Doug Howe, president of CCA

1984 – 1993   Mark Kihn, Editor Canadian Charolais banner

1984 – 1987  Les Ledene, General Manager CCA

1986 – 1988  Reuben Ehret, president of CCA

1987 – 1995  Ken Aylesworth, General Manager CCA

1988 – 1994  Neil Gillies, CCA Breed Improvement Coordinator

1988 – 1991  Henry Begrand, President of CCA

1991 – 1993  Gerry Roe, President of CCA

1993 – 1995  Jerrold Delahey, President of CCA

1995 – 1997  Lester Millang, President of CCA

1995 – 2001  Dale Kelly, CCA General Manager

1995 – 1998  Robert L. Pek, Manager/Publisher Charolais Banner

1996 – Mike Brooks, CCA Computer Consultant

1997 – 2000 Richard Carlson, President of CCA

1998 – Charolais Annual Meeting Votes 83% in Favor of Whole Herd Enrollment

1999 – Helge By, Manager/Publisher Charolais Banner

1999 – 2002 Sean McGrath, CCA Breed Improvement Coordinator

1999 – Joyce Stewart – “Office Aunt” of CCA retires

2000 – Glen McPherson, CCA General Manager

2000 –  Neil Gillies, CCA General Manager

2000 – 2001 Garner Deobald, President of CCA

2001 – 2004  Allan Marshall, President of CCA

2002 – 2004  Mark Lowerison, CCA Breed Improvement coordinator

2004 – Dr. Bryan Hicks, President of CCA

2004 – Garner Deobald, CCA Fieldman