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“Mat Salleh” Wins “Lembu Sado” Title At Northern Region Championship

“Mat Salleh” Wins “Lembu Sado” Title At Northern Region Championship

There are many people out there with the “perfect” physique complete with bulging muscles.

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There are many people out there with the “perfect” physique complete with bulging muscles.

However, how often do you see a bull with such caliber and goes for competitions, competing against other bulls. It’s just like a bodybuilding competition for bulls.

Yes, you read it right and the competition is known as “Himpunan Lembu Sado Utara” where a bull named Mat Salleh bagged the overall championship.

Recently they had a second edition of the competition on 26 May to 28 May 2023. The competition was held at Taman Jubli Emas, Alor Setar.

Mat Salleh is an import Charolais breed bull known famously as “Lembu Sado” among Malaysians. It weighs 1,009 kilogrammes.

The bull’s owner, Mohd Khairul Anuar Mohd Nawi, 36, said that his favourite cow also took first place in the competition’s King of Sado Charolais category, as reported by Sinar Harian.

He has been taking care of Mat Salleh since its birth on his farm at Jalan Rimba Mas four years ago.

“I started taking Mat Salleh to the competition last year during the Perlis State Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen’s Day, even then he won the championship.”

“This year I brought Mat Salleh to participate in the northern region championship to represent Perlis, but I did not expect to win big this time,” he added.

He also stated if possible he wants to bring his favourite bull to compete in national level competitions.

Charolais breed

The historic French provinces of Charolles and the neighbouring Nievre are where the Charolais breed or as called here “Lembu Sado” originated, in west-central to southeastern France. Although its precise ancestry is unknown, the Charolais must have evolved from local cattle.

The Charolais of France are white in colour, horned, long-bodied, good milkers, and not uncommon to have a generally coarse appearance (Charolais Cattle – Oklahoma State University 2021).

According to, cows from the Charolais breed typically weigh 900 kilogrammes while the bulls typically weigh 1,100 kilogrammes.

Charolais have effective feedlot gains and growth capacity. They may work in either a grass-based or an intense system and have an easy going temperament. This breed is popular all over the world since it has a superior live weight gain.

Changeable weather is ideal for Charolais cattle. In the winter, the breed retains a thicker coat, which it loses as the weather gets warmer.

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