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Cherokee County farm couple receive 2008 Pork All American Award

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Outstanding Young Pork Producers - Nicky and Dana Sleezer receive the Pork All-American Award from Iowa Pork Producers Association President John Vossberg at the recent Pork Producers banquet in Des Moines. Photo contributed
The Iowa Pork Producers Association recently named a Cherokee County couple as the winner of the Pork All-American Award for 2008.

Dana and Nicky Sleezer own and operate Sleezer, Inc., and Sleezer Fertility Center near Aurelia. The couple received the award at the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress Banquet at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel on Wednesday January 28.

Sleezer, Inc., is a 700-head farrow-to-finish pork business. Dana oversees the nursery and finish segments and markets all hogs directly to Tyson. A total of 1,759 litters were produced in 2007 with 14,300 pigs finished. Dana manages the feedmill and coordinates the row crop activities. The Sleezers have 750 acres of corn and 500 acres of soybeans.

Sleezer Fertility Center is a custom collection boar stud with 250-head capacity and a 60-head isolation facility. Nicky coordinates the laboratory activities and does the accounting for Sleezer, Inc., and the fertility center.

Dana and Nicky are PQA Level three-certified ,and have registered their premises with the National Animal Identification System.

The Sleezers have three young children and are active in their local church, school and other activities. Both are members of the Cherokee County Pork Producers, and Dana also helps with local Extension and 4-H events.

The IPPA Pork All-American award is the highest honor an Iowa pork producer can receive. The award was established in 1970 to honor young producers who have established themselves as community leaders and successful and dedicated businesspersons. The recipient must be a Master Pork Producer and under 40 years of age. The Sleezers were named Master Pork Producers in 2005.

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