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Monday, October 8, 2007

Orville Winterhof, one of five regular drivers for Sleezer Fertility. Photo by Dan Whitney
Sleezer Fertility, located north of Aurelia at 129 520th Street , is a fresh semen collection and distribution operation. They collect semen from their top quality boars, and deliver it to customers around Northwest Iowa, who then use the semen in artificially inseminating their sows.

Sleezer Fertility is a family - owned and operated business which started in 1997. Dale Sleezer Jr. ("Butch") is the head of the clan, and he is ably assisted by wife Bonnie, sons Derrick and Dana, and Dana's wife, Nicky. The company's policy is to provide the highest quality semen as soon as possible after collection, resulting in increased production for our clients. In addition, they aggressively seek genetic companies which maintain a high level of respect in the industry.

The company's health protocol, quality genetic partners, collection techniques, and experienced staff guarantee that customers receive the freshest, most viable semen possible.

To ensure that they are constantly providing their clients with the latest available boar semen, Sleezer's genetic partners are continually updating the Sleezer's boar herd with the latest in boar genetics. Because the Sleezers do not own the boars themselves, they feel they can make objective decisions regarding the status of each individual boar.

The Sleezer Fertility Center facilities currently have the ability to house 256 boars.

The boars require a 60 day isolation period initially, and while in isolation, each animal is bled 3 times to make sure they pass the strict health protocol.

Semen is carried from the stud to the laboratory through the use of a pneumatic tube. Sleezer Fertility Center employs the newest technology in order to bring their clients the freshest, most viable, high quality boar semen, and the equipment in the Sleezer Fertility Center Lab is continually maintained in order to provide customers with the highest quality semen.

Because of their policy of collecting and delivering the semen as soon as possible after collection, delivery vehicles leave the Fertility Center five days per week, and deliver quality semen to their clients throughout an area which extends from southwestern Minnesota as far south as the Omaha, Nebraska area.

Customers can depend on the reliability of the Sleezer routemen as well as the quality of the Sleezer product. The dedicated drivers of the service delivery vehicles are a group of older, retired men - usually with a farm background - who not only don't mind the early morning hours, but rather enjoy observing things along their routes.

One of the positive things about the early morning drive, says 86-year-old Orville Winterhof, who has driven delivery routes for Sleezer Fertility for several years, is that it allows a driver to return home in plenty of time to accomplish anything they might want to do during the remainder of the day.

Other drivers who "deliver opportunities" for Sleezer Fertility include John Baumann, Jon Smith, Dean Will, and Jim Black. Not every driver drives every day, said Nicky Sleezer, who is in charge of the drivers' schedules.

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