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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 10, 2016 Page 5 ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN ST. PAUL -,- On Monday, March 7th, students from St. Joseph's University engaged in a variety of community service programs in Russell and Wise Counties. One of the students' most significant projects was a coat of fresh white paint for the Virginia City Presbyterian Church. This church dates from 1893 and is a designed Virginia Historic Landmark. Students also assisted Teresa Vencil with grounds-keeping at the Vencil Learning Center and helped Elaine Childress organize the Title I book storage room at St. Paul Elementary School. Meanwhile, a third group of students were busy helping librarian Kelly McBride Delph with painting, cleaning, and maintenance at the Russell County Public Library at Lebanon. Assistance in getting coal for winter heating was provided to a local senior citizen. Many of the students had never seen coal. Interesting projects will follow during the week. Learn more aboutthe students' visit to our area by reading next week's Clinch Valley Times. Russell County Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events: State Extension March 26 Virginia BCIA Performance Tested Bull Sale Bull Sale Barn - Exit 77 - Wytheville, VA March 28 VQA Feeder Calf Sale 6 pm - Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction March 29 Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Spring Bull Sale 7:00 pm - Tri-State Market in Abingdon If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE MARCH - A difficult month for beef cows March is a difficult month for beef cows - most of them are tired of eating hay and the grass is barely growing. Cows begin to refuse hay (especially lower qual- ity - late made hay) and begin to nibble the few blades of emerging grass. They spend a majority of theirtime browsing for forage, but there is not enough grass to meet their nutritional needs. As cows become energy deficient, they will quick- ly lose body condition. Cowswill lose body condition even faster if they have recently calved and milking heavily. Cow that are "thin" entering March have greater risks of becoming "downers" and not surviving. Body condition scoring (BCS) is the best wayto evaluate "cow strength" as we move into the last 45 days of feeding. An ideal condition for beef cows in March is a BCS 5 (you can see 2 - 3 ribs and the cow is "stout"). If you can see and/or count more than 3 ribs, some extra grain (energy) will pay off. The grain that is selected to supplement needs to match the hay quality and par- ticularly harvest timing. Cows consuming early made first cutting hay (made before June 15th) and second cutting hay can effectively utilize corn as their sup- plemental energy source. Introduce corn to the ration slowly over several days to allow rumen microbes to adjust and to prevent stomach upset. Cows consuming hay harvested after June 15th have a ration that is signifi- cantly higher in fiber. To most effectively supplement cows consuming this type of hay, we need to use a feed that is low in starch - like corn gluten feed or soy- hulls. If we use a high starch feed like shelled corn, the rumen microbes that are consuming fiber will "switch over" to digest the starch - slowing the overall pas- sage of the high fiber hay through the rnmen. Supplementing cows the last 45 days of the feeding season has many benefits: improve rebreeding, keeps thinner cows going until grass arrives, etc. For more information concerning supplementing beef cows, call 'the Extension Office at 276.889.8056. What were they worth last week? Listed below are the average sales prices for cattle sold on the Virginia State Graded Sales for the week of February 25 - March 2. Sales were held at Blackstone, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Radiant, and Spring Lake. 2,673 calves were sold (979 steers, 1,020 heifers, and 674 bulls). Prices listed are for Medium and Large frame #1 steers and heifers, and prices are given in S/hundred weight. Steers: 400 - 500: $203.85; 500 - 600: $180.40, 600 - 700: $162.00; 700 - 800: $146.03; 800- 900:$136.45 Heifers: 400- 500: $159.95; 500 - 600: $151.40, 600 - 700: $141.45; 700 - 800:$124.75 The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presentation at Castlewood High School On Wednesday, March 9th at 3:45 p.m., students from St. Joseph's University will conduct a presentation as part of the After School Program at Castlewood High School. The impact of autism spectrum disorder on indi- viduals, families, and communities will be the topic. SJU students con- ducting this presentation are either enrolled in thei~ school's Autism Studies program, or serve as volt unteers at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support located on the SJU cam- pus. This event will take place in the CHS library and all interested persons in the community are invited to attend. Homestead Series workshops Homestead Series workshops: March 10- Apple Grafting workshop. Materials fee $20. March 17-Backyard Poultry; April 21-Back Country Navigation Using a Map and Compass; May 19- Edible Wild Plants; June 16-Amateur Radio. Workshops are free and open to the public For more information or to register contact Extension Agent Phil Meeks at 276- 328-6194 or Workshops sponsored by: Virginia Cooperative Extension-Wise County and Norton Community Center-Norton Parks & Recreation. Coffee time at library invites seniors Every Monday at 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10-11 a.m. and have a cup of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the area., read the local contact the J. Fred Library at 276-762-9702. Matthews Memorial PREELIVI]NARY WATER AND SEWER RATE RESOLUTION WHEREAS, pursuant to V3rgln~a Code 15Ab5136, the C~sltewood Water & Authority (~Authorit~'l wishes to establish wate~ and ~ver rates, fees artd ct~arBes; WHEREAS, the Alsthority needs to be en~re| sel f-~fft~era after clot d~ll~ttdent oa sources of revenue fo the c~ ~fatio/l~l ~get Of the AUthOl'Jl~ Wbtt~REAS, USDA R~rat [~eve~uptn~rtt ~f~d Otl~r ~ndiatg aglen~es ceql~lre th~ll Authority establish zeKa~ r~ewe ~ccourt~s for the r~t~t~af~ce and t~keep of w~ sewer s,,~'~em a~l~r~e*~e~es; WHEREAS. it.i~ neces~ry that the Authority es~bllsh water and sewer tilt~ ~ il~d charges ~n order to accompXsh the ~bave-referenced Bolls and ~lUiren~'r~t$.~ NOW, THE~EFORF~ BE IT RSOkVED, t~at fo~; the f~]~tl; re~s, the /~mciity hereby proposes arid approves the preiir~r~ary water a~d sewer l'~teS, fe@~ and d~l~'~ as forth herein, as such terms are defin*~a bythe roles a~d tet~a~ of the newspapers or , browse TheAuthortCyhasmadethefoi[ow~gptoposedincteasesirtwateram~sewerr~,~ through the library s maga- ,.~,~.~,,. o, t~,,,.~ a~ ~. ~,~: zine selections. Make plans I[ ................... ~_~:~'~Tffig [i~i~.~a~ ~, z~0~a ~ a ~0~ I to come by the library each I[ 1 I~o.~7 ~o.s~ W~ . s~ , Monday for coffee and I~'~g~;g;~i;F-f~a~?F~i~l-~~~ .... ii _~ ~ s~s. ..... ~ I conversation. . ~~S-~g/F~:FI~~~ ...... ~--q IL l I For more information 1[7~;~i;i-T~'~fg~ ~ s~ $~- ~s~,v I Deadlines: Editorial copy: 3 p.m. Monday Advertising: 12 noon Monday Sewer Non-Use, Fee: 100~ of rm~nth~r mil~imum b~ Adopted this 16th day of February, 2016, Darrell Jofm~on, Ch~bmim ATTEST: P~y M~ham, Execut i~4~J~or