About us

The purpose of the Colonial Charolais Association is to promote breeding of better Charolais cattle; to sponsor sales of the Charolais breed of cattle; to sponsor and promote exhibitions of the Charolais breed; and to sponsor educational activities for youth participation.


Membership is available to residents from the Colonial Charolais Association area, the northeast United States, or to non-residents who maintain an interest in that area, or those who are interested in promoting the Charolais breed.

​Charolais come to USA

Soon after the First World War, a young Mexican industrialist of French name and ancestry, Jean Pugibet, brought some of the French cattle to his ranch in Mexico. He had seen the Charolais cattle during World War I while serving as a French army volunteer and was impressed by their appearance and productivity. He arranged for a shipment of two bulls and 10 heifers to Mexico in 1930. Two later shipments in 1931 and 1937 increased the total number to 37 - eight bulls and 29 females. Not long after the last shipment, Pugibet died and no further imports were attempted.

The first Charolais to come into the United States from Mexico are believed to be two bulls, Neptune and Ortolan, which were purchased from Pugibet by the King Ranch in Texas and imported in June 1936. Later imports of bulls were owned by some of the early "pioneers" in the industry: Harl Thomas, Fred W. Turner, C.M. "Pete" Frost, M.G. Michaelis Sr., and I.G. "Cap" Yates, all of Texas, J.A. "Palley" Lawton of Louisiana, and others.

In the mid-1940s an outbreak of Hoof and Mouth Disease occurred in Mexico. As a result, a treaty between the United States, Canada and Mexico set up a permanent quarantine against cattle coming into any of these countries from Europe or any country in which Hoof and Mouth Disease was known to exist. This barred any further importation of French Charolais on this continent until 1965 when Canada opened the import doors via rigid quarantine both in France and in Canada.


President: Derek Hopkins

Twister Hill Farm

3036 Whiteford Road

Pylesville, MD 21132

(443) 528-7058



Vice President: Rob Farmer 

Cross Mountain Cattle

8030 Greenwich Rd.

Catlett, VA 20119

(540) 270-3886


Secretary/Treas: David Clark
Clark Charolais
10165 Log Cabin Road
Denton, MD 21629
(410) 479-0807