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


  • The company you keep

    April 3, 2012 | It’s natural to be influenced by the people around you, so if you want greater business success, surround yourself with progressive and successful producers and professionals.

  • Skin in the game

    January 30, 2012 | Employee ownership of farm assets is one way to involve employees and give them a stake in the success of the business.

  • 100,000 the new 200,000

    January 12, 2012 | It is time to set your sights higher when it comes to milk quality and produce milk with a lower somatic cell count.

  • Looking back, then forward in the New Year!

    January 9, 2012 | Take time to mark the height of your kids on the wall, then, mark the growth of your business.

  • Building employee loyalty through involvement

    January 9, 2012 | How can you build employee loyalty? Table Rock Farm, Inc. of Castile, NY provides an example of one way to do just that.

  • Young dairy producers in Michigan tell YouTube viewers why they dairy

    December 16, 2011 | A new YouTube video shows the passion of young dairy producers about their business and can inspire confidence among consumers for the dairy products they enjoy.

  • Calving pens: manage for health

    November 1, 2011 | Both the dam and the newborn calf are vulnerable to infection at calving time. The key is to reduce exposure to bacteria through management.

  • Calving pens: individual vs. group

    November 1, 2011 | Both individual and group calving pens have advantages and disadvantages. Understanding those and managing for them can ensure success in either.

  • On-YOUR-farm milk culturing

    October 21, 2011 | What is involved in on-farm milk culturing? The steps of the process are relatively simple but the first question is whether you are committed to see it through long-term.

  • Interviewing employees on the way out

    October 11, 2011 | Exit interviews with departing employees can provide valuable information to farm managers to help sharpen management, correct mistakes and retain employees

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