Philip Stewart, otherwise known as ‘Farmer Phil’, farms alongside his father and uncle in Killashee, Co. Longford.
They run a dairy calf-to-beef system, as well as an agricultural contracting business.
The Stewarts have been working as agricultural contractors since Philips’s grandfather was running the farm in the 1930s.
Besides the farm, Philip has become widely known for his YouTube channel, which originally started five years ago in 2015.
“It had just come up in conversation with one of my friends about how other people were making money off of YouTube.”
“I was playing farming simulator every other night and I said to myself if I start recording, I might be able to make something out of it.”
“However, the videos of me playing farming simulator never really took off. So, in 2017 I started uploading videos of what we were doing on the farm.”
“They were hard videos to watch but it started getting more hits [the videos] and as time went on, I gradually became better at taking the videos.
After 2018, when he acquired a GoPro, the channel just “took off” and now boasts over 29,500 subscribers.
The Longford native uploads videos every week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
“I typically get 500,000-800,000 views a month, with people watching from over 120 different countries; although, the majority of the views are from Ireland and the UK.”
Philip uses Herdwatch to make life easier on the farm. He said shooting videos for his channel can be time-consuming and in times gone by, it got in the way of getting jobs done quickly around the farm.
“The Herdwatch app has been invaluable in the day-to-day running of the farm. I use the app for a number of different things, such as recording the weights of cattle and medicines that we have bought.”
“Gone are the days when we would be writing down important figures on a piece of cardboard, because, in most cases, it would get lost.”
“With the Herdwatch app, the hassle of keeping records on paper is gone. It’s a simple and easy-to-use app that has saved us a lot of time that would have been wasted previously using our old methods of recording.”
Save time and make better decisions
Conor Vaughan from Herdwatch commented: “It’s great to have someone like Farmer Phil using our app, someone with his presence online can really get across the benefits of using Herdwatch to his audience of 30,000 subscribers.”
“Herdwatch has made a name for itself over the past 6 years by helping farmers save hours on paperwork every week and make better decisions via an easy-to-use app on mobile, tablet or laptop.”
The Herdwatch app is available to download for free on the Apple App Store and Android Play Store.
For more information about Herdwatch, visit www.herdwatch.com or call 0505-34400.