Our team, skills and expertise is what also makes McIvor Farm unique…
Jason Hagan grew up on the family farm at Tooborac (McIvor Farm is on part of the original Hagan farmland). Growing up Jason had farming in his blood and chose to pursue it professionally upon leaving school. He formally studied Farm Business Management at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong. He has since travelled across Australia working and managing farm operations of varying scales and methodologies, building expertise up across cropping, livestock (sheep and cattle) and outdoor bred piggeries.
Jason’s passion for innovative farming methods has seen him transform traditional farmland into fertile regenerative land. He’s interested in working with and learning alongside the industry’s best and seeks to leave a thriving legacy for the next generation.
As an innovator, Jason always working on the next new development, system or enterprise for the business. You’ll see him at one of the farmer’s markets McIvor Farm attend across Victoria each weekend. While modest upon first meeting, Jason comes alive when talking about the farm, animals and what it means to farm regeneratively.
Belinda Hagan (nee Jennings) grew up in Geelong with her parents families stemming from around Winchelsea and the Otways. Living in rural towns and communities was background of her family and lead Belinda to explore agriculture, even though she did not grow up on a farm. Belinda ventured off to La Trobe University in Bundoora – which felt like the big smoke! She studied Agricultural Science and this lead to complete an Honours Thesis in ‘The effect of water intake in piglets and suckling frequency’. The exposure to the pig industry all those years ago!
Belinda gained a passion for Animal Nutrition during university and drove her focus on this as a career. Working with one of the largest stockfeed manufacturers in Australia, then consultants, smaller feed mills, years of general nutrition for many animal species but her love for the pig industry and pigs always steered her focus in one direction.
Belinda has been involved in all aspects of developing McIvor Farm and has been the predominant force behind the business’s administration, bookwork, marketing, markets and sales. She certainly enjoys being hands-on in the paddocks and loves the customer interaction at the Farmers Market. A great part of Belinda’s life is also creating a legacy for their two kids Hannah and Eric, she is focused on creating a great life for their family and connecting with their community.