Photo by David Rauzi
Dennis Rowland is pictured here with Katie Marek during the 2017 Idaho County Fair livestock sale.
As of Tuesday, August 7, 2018
COTTONWOOD A strong supporter of the Idaho County Fair and 4-H, Dennis Rowland said he enjoys what he does.
“Especially the little kids – I really enjoy working with them,” he said.
Rowland has owned the Cottonwood Sales Yard, now known as Prairie Agricultural Center, since 1998. He and his wife, veterinarian Helen Klapprich Rowland, call the 150-acres along U.S. Highway 95 home.
“I’ve worked all over the Northwest with the livestock market,” he said.
Rowland is not only an auctioneer who helps on sales day at the fair, he is also on the livestock sales committee and helps find a market for the animals and also purchases animals himself to help the kids and out.
“There is work before the sale, during and after,” he said, to find the auction buyers and then send all the animals to market. He takes the animals to the sales yard following the sale and keeps them a night or two, feeding and watering them and “giving them a chance to settle” before finding the best market for them.
Rowland’s son, Brent Rowland, has been working alongside him for the past five-plus years.
“It’s a blessing, for sure,” Rowland said.
Rowland’s volunteerism comes in between moving several thousand cattle per year, being host to auctions several times each month.
“I enjoy it, of course,” he said. “And 4-H and FFA are great programs for the kids, so I definitely want to support them at the Idaho County Fair.”