The 1st Poultry Information Exchange was held in 1969 in Caloundra, Queensland after five pioneers of the Queensland Poultry Industry organised a conference for local producers, to keep them up-to-date with advances in fledgling egg and chicken meat industries. Those men, Noel Milne, Ray Byrnes, Balkar Bains, Gordon Gilbert and Bruce Moffatt, through their initiative and passion, set the stage for the poultry industry to grow to the status that it holds today, as the most progressive and technologically advanced livestock industry in Australia.
It is interesting to understand the drivers of that first meeting. It wasn’t a mutual desire to develop a conference. It went deeper than that. It arose from the fact that the chicken meat industry in Queensland was growing at a rapid rate, and was becoming quite free of its dependency on government services. In the 50’s and early 60’s, Pullorum disease and Newcastle Disease were both reportable diseases and there was heavy departmental involvement in its management and eradication, much to the chagrin of the industry at the time. At about the same time, the industry was struggling with a serious IB nephritis problem, and the government was not being of any value in its control. Consequently, Provincial Traders (PTL) set up and ran its own diagnostic laboratory, effectively in opposition to the current government services.
It was apparent that the industry and government were at a stalemate, so the DPI requested a meeting with key industry to run a combined meeting to openly exchange their issues. Hence the beginnings of PIX.
PIX 2012 carries on the ideals of that first meeting – to provide a forum for the exchange of information. It is the 25th time PIX has been held, and now enjoys the reputation of being THE premier Australian industry event of the poultry industry calendar. Each year PIX has grown, in size, concept and stature, so that it now hosts over 1000 delegates from every segment of the industry.
2012 sees PIX being joined by the Australasian Milling Conference, a joint initiative of the Stock Feed Manufacturers Council of Australia (SFMCA), and the Australian Technical Millers Association (ATMA). This brings a whole new facet of feed and feed milling to the event.
In addition there will be a program for the meat processing segment of the industry. Experts in processing and quality assurance will be presenting the latest in technology and knowledge in these key areas of the industry.
The lecture program continues for two days, filled with the latest in innovation and information, with experts from both Australia and overseas. The program is streamed into chicken meat, egg production, free range and organic, feed milling, and processing, so there will be topics of interest for each and every delegate. Workshops on numerous special interest areas, including hatchery, breeders and tunnel ventilation will also be on offer. For the more technically-minded, the Australasian Veterinary Poultry Association will be holding a scientific meeting in conjunction with PIX. All are welcome to attend this event.
In 2012, the trade show will be bigger and better than ever before, with over 6300m2 of floor space 10 metres high, allowing over 100 exhibitors to demonstrate their latest products and equipment in comfort. In fact, the trade show has come to be seen as a must-do event for suppliers to the poultry industry.
Sponsorship of PIX is always welcome. With sponsorship, your business will receive regular exposure throughout the 4 days of the event and will ensure that you are recognised as a enthusiastic supporter of your customers.
Let’s not forget the social side of PIX. It’s the chance of the year for you to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, meet new ones, and enjoy the hospitality that the PIX conference and the Gold Coast has to offer.
We hope to see you at PIX2012!