aussie_cowgirl, I have bred the Charlois bulls to about every breed with pretty good success, even longhorn. In the US pure Charolais feeders usually do not sell very well but the cross do well. No matter what I cross them with they sell as a CharX. Not so with a lot of other breed bulls. If I get a spot from the Simmental or Angus bulls it is took out of the group and sells at a discount.
I am using 4 Homo Black Simmy bulls now and really like the growth but have a few spots that are going to cost me at sale time. Too all others bulls I have used are, very good Black Angus, Black and Red Limo's, Black Gelvieh's(sp), and now the Simmys and I still like the Charolais best.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT 2009