Beef production and cattle droving has been one of Australia's main agricultural industries since the mid C19th, and it’s often been a family affair.
On Queensland’s western downs the Penfold family run 40,000 hectares of beef cattle. They have farmed for four generations. And now it's the four daughters' turn. But they will need to manage the business differently to survive.
Climate, export markets, new technology and pressure for sustainable land practices are having a profound impact on the viability of many large cattle holdings.
In this episode of Shifting Cultures, Ros Bluett travels to western Queensland to hear how four sisters plan to take their family beef business into the 21st century.
The series Shifting Cultures is a co-production of the ABC and the BBC World Service.
Dan Penfold, Karen Penfold, Bonnie Penfold, Molly Penfold, Jemima Penfold, Matilda Penfold, Mary Penfold and Fitzy.