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


  • BLV - Undercutting the foundation of health-Part 2

    January 20, 2015 | What if your cows had to fight disease with one hoof tied behind their back – so to speak!

  • How common is the uncommon disease?-Part 1

    January 20, 2015 | Have you been ignoring an elephant in the barn? BLV doesn’t spell elephant, but it may well be one.

  • Effective Management of Farm Employees program helps producers improve farm operations

    December 5, 2014 | Developing your skills in employee management is the key to taking your farm business to the next level of performance.

  • CNS mastitis – what is it anyway?

    August 12, 2014 | Coagulase-Negative Staphs (CNS) may be the leading cause of subclinical mastitis and yet it has been a mystery. A recently published study sheds some light.

  • Caring for high value bull calves

    August 5, 2014 | Have your standards for bull calf care risen with the prices paid for them? Economics aside, proper care is imperative from an ethical standpoint.

  • Are your brood cows getting pregnant?

    July 15, 2014 | The cow-calf business depends on the production of calves. Too many producers leave that up to chance. What about you?

  • Parlor practices that successfully manage mastitis

    June 17, 2014 | What percentage of dairy producers do that prep step that in the parlor? Does it really have relevance to improved Somatic Cell Count? What separates producers of high quality milk from their peers?

  • Treating Metritis

    June 9, 2014 | Metritis can reduce the reproductive and milking performance of fresh cows. It can be a costly disease and your first inclination from a hint of metritis may be to treat cows with an antibiotic. It’s time to review that inclination with your veterinarian.

  • Preventing metritis

    June 9, 2014 | The best tool against metritis is prevention. Prevention begins with an eye to observe factors that may reduce the immune response of animals or increase their exposure to bacteria and then doing something about it.

  • Detecting uterine disease in your herd

    June 9, 2014 | Metritis – oh that stinks! A fetid discharge from the vagina is a good way to detect Metritis, but what else can we be looking for?

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