From this period of time there is a list of “feedback messages” we received back then:
Peggy Yoakum writes:
Alicia Kennemer writes:
Katrina Widrig writes:
Stacey Anderson writes:
Cathy Bohn writes:
Dan & Stacey Grate write:
Carrie Engel writes:
Mary Henderson writes:
Leslie Ketrenos writes:
Ann Craig writes:
Terri Monson writes:
Gary Brachmann writes:
Dan and Stacey Grate:
All is well here and we are finally starting to get some weather above freezing. We do not have many litters of babies at this time because of the very cold winter that we had. I hope that you are all well and do not have any trouble with the foot and mouth disease where you are. We had just heard yesterday that it had spread to The Netherlands. I hope that this information is what you are looking for and I will forward more in a couple of months about the offspring.
Black Otter buck 330. This is the otter that came in on the first shipment in October. We took him to the National convention in November and he placed 6th out of 65 otter senior bucks. We also showed him in Joplin Missouri in December and won Best of Breed. This are the only times he has been shown, as he has matured in weight to 2 pounds and 15 ounces and is overweight for our show tables. He is a beautiful buck with excellent head, ear, profile and well filled hindquarter. We are breeding him to some of our own smaller otter does to pull down the size. Only one of his offspring survived the winter and was a black silver buck that we gave to Tom and Diane to go with the stock that they got from you. He has several litters in the barn now, but all are under 2 weeks.
Black Otter doe 634 1st shipment. One of the nicest otter does that I have ever had the pleasure of owning. She was shown at the Harper, Kansas show and placed 1st and went on to win best of Tan group. She is the mother of the black silver that we mentioned above and is due with babies again next week. Her weight matured to 2 pounds 13 ounces.
Black Otter buck 569 This is the young buck that came in on the second shipment and has not been shown as he had been unhealthy and we have quarenteed him from the herd. He is a very nice buck and would show very well here. I believe that he would be in the top 5 at at national show. His weight has matured at 2 pounds 8 ounces.We are medicating him and have hope that he will recover enough to produce some offspring.
Chestnut buck 712 He also is a very nice buck and we have shown him several times. He has won best of Agouti group 2 times and best opposite one time. He has matured to weigh 2 pounds 3 ounces. We have several litters of babies out of him now but all are too young to give information on.
Chestnut buck 327 This buck has placed 2nd behind 712 at the 3 shows we have been to. He has the better head, but lacks a little in the shoulder developement of 712. We have 4 does bred to him now that are due in April.
Opal doe 519 This doe has the best ring color of any opal that I have ever seen. Tom and Diane have seen her several times and this is a color that they specialize in. Both have told me that there are no opals in this country that can compare in color to this doe. They have won best Opal and Best of group at Nationals with opals in the past. She has had 2 litters of all peanuts, so we have bred her to one of our bucks with hope of normal babies.
Chocolate Otter 563 I must tell you that this animal is very, very nice. We have shown him 4 times and he has won Best of Breed in two of these shows. We have been told by several judges that he is the nicest chocolate otter that they have ever seen. His weight is 2 pounds 9 ounces
Chocolate Otter doe 612 We only showed here one time and she placed 2nd, behind 634. She is also very nice and we have her bred to 563. Her weight is 2 pounds 8 ounces. Sable Marten buck 520 and does 804 and 908 We have never shown 520 as his weight is 2 pounds 15 ounces, but he is also one of the nicest bucks that I have ever seen. If he were to be within weight I have no doubt that he would be in the top 5 and Nationals. ( Honestly, I think that he would win his variety!!) We have never shown the does as they are the darker sable color that is not shown here. We have them both bred to a rew buck out of our sable line to lighten the color. We have several litters of babies at this time out of 520 and our line of sables. All of the babies are sable martens so we are very happy!!!
Otter doe 628 This doe is very nice. She weighs 2 pounds and 8 ounces and is awesome!! We have entered her in the national convention in Perry next week. I will let you know how she does. She has the absolute perfect headset and earset.
Blue otter buck 623 He is just now coming into his own. He is maturing into a very nice buck. We have not shown him yet, but he also will be going to Perry next week. The deep blue color on this buck is outstanding. We also then have 4 black otter brood does and they are all due with babies the first week of April.
Anyway, I hope that this is of some help to you. I wish I had more to tell about babies but we will soon!!! We have showed off your rabbits to a lot of people and they all believe that they are what we are striving for. The only change we must make is in the weight. Unfortunately, I love a dwarf at about 2 pound 10 ounces, but the rules on weights here will not be changing any time soon. There are a lot of people breeding for a 2 pound dwarf, but the 2 1/2 pound dwarfs are beating them at almost every show!! Your website has also stirred a lot of interest in the larger, more well rounded dwarf. We wish you all the best and if there is anything else you want to know just e-mail me and I will try to find out for you!
Best Wishes Dan and Stacy Grate
You can put any part of this letter that you feel will help out on the website. We had some more babies last night and are very excited !! We have had a very successful show season so far. We have a nice siamese sable doe that is on a winning streak. She has had 2 best in shows, 3 best of breeds and 2 best opposite of breeds. We cannot wait to breed her to your 520 sable marten buck!!!
Hope your nests are full of babies.