Sleezer, a 1963 graduate of Aurelia High School, had always had the able assistance of his wife Bonnie, also an Aurelia grad, and their sons helped out when they were in school, too.
Both Derrick and Dana went off to college, studied, played some football (Dana) and golf (Derrick), and graduated, then both young men returned to work in the "family business," and that's when things took off.
With that idea, the Sleezer Fertlity Center, located at 129 520th Street, north of Aurelia, came into being in 1997. The semen from the quality boars in the Sleezer Select Stock herd is collected as soon as possible, by means of the latest in collection technologies, then delivery vehicles deliver the product to Sleezer's clients throughout Northwest Iowa. The drivers' schedule is arranged by Nicky and the drivers, many of whom are former farmers, pick up their "cargo" at an early hour and hit the road, six days a week.
Sleezer Fertility Center constantly strives to find the highest quality maternal genetics available, and are currently partnered with Whiteshire-Hamroc as their supplier of Landrace and Yorkshire breeds. Sleezer Fertility Center also maintains Hampshire and Nebraska Index Line animals. Sleezer Fertility Center currently has the facilities to house 136 boars.
Because they do not own the boars themselves, Sleezer Fertility Center feels it can make objective decisions regarding the status of each individual boar. They consider optimal removal occurring less than 18 months in service.
SFC values their partners' objectives to build a high-health pig which encompasses a combination of significant economic traits and produces a product desired by consumers.
Semen is carried from the stud barn 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. The equipment in the Sleezer Fertility Center Lab is continually maintained, in order to provide clients with the highest quality semen.
Though hard workers, all of the Sleezers have other interests as well. Derrick formerly served as the girls' golf coach at Washington High School, is now the women's golf coach at Buena Vista University, and often competes in area tournaments himself. Butch and Bonnie are active in a variety of school, church and community organizations and activities and are also members of the Checkers Bike (as in bicycle) Club, and enjoy riding on RAGBRAI and various other bike rides on weekends.
They are all also, of course, heavily involved with the Cherokee County and Iowa Pork Producers and Dana, especially, grills a mean piece of pork, topped by his special secret sauce.