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Daughters of the land: four sisters toil on Australian cattle country – a picture essay

Covid and China’s beef export ban hit the Penfolds’ beef business hard. But with four daughters who want to stay on the land, the family have found a way forward

The Penfolds – a family of fourth-generation Australian beef cattle farmers – first heard about Covid in December 2019 from their business partners in Wuhan, well before anyone understood how the virus would change the world.

Karen Penfold, who works on the western Queensland farm with her husband and four daughters, says she was not overly worried at first as she “didn’t think it would come … to impact the whole of Australia”.

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