The “Charolais” is a French beef breed from the region around Charolles in the Charolais-Brionnais. The Charolais cows and their vast grass meadows have long marked the region. Livestock farming has been the pride of local farmers since the 17th century.
The Charolais meat has a low fat content and a particularly good taste. In 2010 it was awarded the stamp “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)”.
The livestock market of Saint-Christophe-en-Brionnais, whose existence dates back to the end of the 15th century, continues every Wednesday. Countless cows are presented and traded. The market is open for visitors. You can request a guided tour on site or via the tourist office of St-Christophe-en-Brionnais.
- Marché au Cadran de St Christophe en Brionnais:
Rue du Champ de Foire, 71800 St Christophe-en-Brionnais
Tel. 03.85.25.98.62, www.cadran-brionnais.fr
The house of the Charolais
In Charolles, “la Maison du Charolais” lets you get to know the Charolais variety better through its museum space.
- La Maison du Charolais:
43, route de Mâcon, 71120 Charolles,
Tel. 03.85.88.04.00, www.maison-charolais.com