Phil 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


  • Food and Animal Systems

    Agriculture, Beef, Dairy
  • Extension Dairy & Beef Cattle Health and Production


Counties of Primary Responsibility: NE and Central MI 

Specific Areas of Interest:

- Dairy and beef cattle herd management

- Cattle health issues including: Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB), Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV), Mastitis, Johne’s Disease

- Employee management

- Being a farm employee of excellence

- Dairy cow comfort



  • Don’t become another deadly statistic

    May 23, 2018 | Farm safety is even more critical when employee numbers are down and farmers are asking more of everyone, even their children.

  • Tell us about the impact of VFD rules on your herd

    February 12, 2018 | Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with other Land-Grant Universities, is conducting a nationwide survey of food-animal producers to learn more about the impact of VFD rules.

  • Make no assumptions about credit availability

    February 7, 2018 | The playing field is changing and the assumptions that many farmers have made in the past about spring planting credit lines may be outdated. It is time to act!

  • Hey employees, happy New Annual!

    January 4, 2018 | Beyond wishing your employees a happy New Year, why not have an annual meeting to chart the course for the new year.

  • “Common Sense” for dairy farmers

    December 19, 2017 | Words of encouragement and challenge from the American Revolution hold value today for dairy farmers facing a crisis of their own.

  • Successful feeder calf sale at West Branch

    November 20, 2017 | Beef calves sold well at the annual West Branch Feeder Calf Sale. Prices paid reflect the value that feedlot producers place on the quality of cattle offered.

  • Is there going to be Thanksgiving this year?

    November 20, 2017 | When milk checks don’t cover expenses is there still reason for Thanksgiving? Take account of the blessings of life, food and friendships, and give thanks.

  • Milk price risk management meeting announced

    November 15, 2017 | This meeting by Michigan State University Extension will help farmers understand the use of tools to manage that price movement

  • What does history mean

    November 1, 2017 | While it is interesting to acknowledge a milestone in the life of an organization or business, is there any practical significance?

  • Working to improve the county 100 years ago

    September 19, 2017 | Working with farmers and community members is as challenging, humbling and satisfying now, 100 years later, as it was then.

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