Phillip Durst

Senior Educator

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Office: 989-345-0692
Cell: 989-387-5346
Fax: 989-345-1284
205 S. Eighth St.
West Branch, MI 48661
Michigan State University Extension



Counties of Primary Responsibility: NE and Central MI including Presque Isle, Alpena, Montmorency, Alcona, Oscoda, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Bay, Midland, Gladwin, Clare, Isabella, Montcalm

Specific Areas of Interest: Dairy management and cattle health issues for both dairy and beef production

In addition to his Extension duties Phil is also a Certified Professional Animal Scientist by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists


  • What other costs should I be cutting?

    December 9, 2016 | Often, during financial stress, farmers are encouraged to cut more costs, but is a there a better way to achieve relief in a tight market?

  • Inches from greatness

    September 28, 2016 | All it takes is a few small refinements to take your dairy from very good to great.

  • Cow-calf economics and a peek behind the averages

    September 26, 2016 | It is a good time to be thinking about the costs and returns of your cow-calf business. Look for ways to better maximize your resources and to minimize the losses that keep your payday check lower.

  • Employee recruitment: intentional and continuous

    September 21, 2016 | The recruiting and hiring process are both important parts in forming or sustaining a business. Follow these tips to ensure you are hiring the best person for the job.

  • Healthy soil enhances life

    June 16, 2016 | Ensuring soil health is the key to a sustainable future.

  • Bovine TB – It takes a community

    May 24, 2016 | The time has come to work together as communities to face bovine tuberculosis head-on.

  • What are the chances of TB?

    April 28, 2016 | Farmers should start watching deer movement and be aware of deer attractants on their farm to protect their cattle herd from being infected with TB.

  • Michigan Bovine Tuberculosis Conference

    February 25, 2016 | What is the progress on eliminating bovine Tuberculosis from Michigan cattle herds and the wild deer population? A conference about the disease in Michigan will be held in Hillman on Saturday, March 12.

  • Chinese milk quality

    February 11, 2016 | Quality of milk in China has improved since the melamine scandal, but consumers still lack confidence in purchasing milk produced in China.

  • China’s dairy industry: Bumps and bruises on the fast track

    February 9, 2016 | The United States leads the world in top producer of cow’s milk, but India and China are catching up coming in at second and third.

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