The Whitley lads now moved into a farm at Compton - once home of seafarer Humphry Gilbert - where they added to their portfolio an outstanding herd of Large Black pigs, a breed rarely seen these days but regarded, then, as able to live off the back of a sixpence, or at any rate thrive on the local acorns and beechnuts. By 1911 they were beating all comers at the Royal Cornwall, Devon County and Bath and West shows, besides becoming runner up to the champion at the prestigious Royal Show.

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