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


  • 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

  • Milk-culture-based treatment decisions and longer-term impacts

    September 15, 2011 | What is the longer-term impact of no-treatment decisions for cows with mild or moderate clinical mastitis based on on-farm culture results? A recent research study showed no significant differences compared to cows that were all treated.

  • Untreated mastitis – is that wise?

    September 13, 2011 | A new study examines what happens to mastitis on farms where producers use on-farm milk cultures to make the decision to treat or not.

  • The secrets of quality milk producers

    September 6, 2011 | A panel of producers who averaged a herd SCC less than 100,000 talked about the key factors for their success.

  • Consumers ate up education at Breakfast on the Farm in West Branch

    July 15, 2011 | Breakfast on the Farm was as important for the producers involved as it was for the public. It was an opportunity for them to come together and develop and express trust, respect and appreciation.

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