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Frequently Asked Questions

Date and Location
Registration
School for Successful Ranching
Trade Show
Law Enforcement Silent Auction
Social Events
Travel and Hotels
Safety and First Aid
Childcare
General Event Information
Future Meeting Dates
Media

 

Date and Location

What are the event dates?
The 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention is April 4-6, 2014.

Where is the event taking place?
The 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention will be in San Antonio. All meetings will be at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

 

Registration

How much does it cost to attend the event?
Early registration fees depend upon the events you will attend. Complete details on registration prices and options are here.  

Which registration package is the best deal?
Choose "Full Registration" for the best deal. And you'll save even more if you register before March 21, 2014.

What does my registration include?
Most registration options include admission to meeting sessions, meals, snacks, and admission to the Cattle Raisers Expo. For specific information on what each registration option includes, please click here.

Are there any discounts available?
Yes, several discounts are available:

  • Register on or before March 21 and save per person.
  • Choose "Full Registration" and save compared to individual event ticket prices.
  • Non-members who join TSCRA at the Cattle Raisers Convention may apply $50 of the registration fee to their new membership dues.

We've tried to set the conference fee at a reasonable level so the 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention is accessible to individuals.

How can I obtain a receipt for my registration?
If you register online with a credit card, a receipt will be emailed to you. If you register via fax or mail and would like a receipt, please request your receipt by calling 800-242-7820 or email registration@tscra.org.

Cancellation, Refund and Substitution Policy
All registration cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing by Friday, March 21, 2014. A refund of all fees will be given for cancellations received by March 21, 2014. No refunds will be granted for requests post marked on or after March 22, 2014.

Transfers of registrations are permitted prior to the convention by written request to registration@tscra.org. Onsite transfers must be accompanied by proof of the original confirmation letter. The individual submitting the transfer request is responsible for all financial obligations and balances due associated with that substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

Is there a 1-day pass?
Yes, we do offer 1-day registration options for Saturday only. For more information, click here.

Is there a student discount?
Discounted Convention and School for Successful Ranching registration rates are available for full-time college students and youth aged 5-18. Please contact TSCRA at 800-242-7820 or registration@tscra.org for more information.

What are the hours for on-site registration and check-in?
Register on-site, or pick up your conference materials if you pre-registered.
Registration Hours:

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

When will I receive my name badge?
All badges and conference materials will be made available on-site at registration check-in.

Can I get into the event without my name badge?
Attendees will not be permitted to enter conference areas without a name badge. We will not be able to reprint lost badges so please make sure to keep your badge with you at all times.

What time does the event start and end each day?
The hours of the event vary by day. For a more specific agenda, please visit the schedule page. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

How is session scheduling being handled? Do I need to register to attend specific sessions?
Sessions are open and no pre-scheduling is necessary. They are on a first-come, first-served basis at the event.

Are attendees able to bring guests?
Attendees are not permitted to bring guests to Cattle Raisers Convention. If you have someone traveling with you, they will need to register themselves and purchase the appropriate registration.

Is there a minimum age to attend Cattle Raisers Convention? Can I bring children to the event?
There is no minimum age to attend. We encourage families to attend the event. We do offer children's activities throughout the event.

Will I receive additional information regarding the event?
We'll be regularly updating www.tscra.org/convention with the latest sessions, speakers, and other content. We recommend checking back from time to time for the most updated information. In addition, we'll mail all registered attendees with the latest information 2 weeks before the Cattle Raisers Convention.

I’m not a TSCRA member. Can I attend?
Certainly! Non-members who join TSCRA at the Cattle Raisers Convention may apply $50 of the registration fee to their new membership dues. Please visit the registration desk to complete your new member application form.

 

School for Successful Ranching

What is included with my School for Successful Ranching registration?

  • Expert speakers at the School for Successful Ranching — CattleFax Risk Management for Cow-Calf Producers
  • Young People's Reception
  • Expo access, including Friday lunch, reception in the Expo and biscuits and gravy breakfast

Do I have to pre-register for certain sessions at the School?
No. You can attend any sessions you choose.

Are the sessions repeated?
Some sessions will be repeated. The keynote, CattleFax and 3-hour sessions will not be repeated.

Are session materials available?
Yes. A print or electronic version of the School for Successful Ranching proceedings provided to all attendees. This is included in your registration fee.

If I can't attend a session will the materials be available?
Yes. All materials will be available in the proceedings.

 

Cattle Raises Expo

How can I register to exhibit in the Cattle Raisers Expo?
Visit tscra.org/expo or call 800-242-7820.

I’m a TSCRA member. What does it cost to attend the Cattle Raisers Expo?
For TSCRA members, Expo admission is free with your TSCRA member card.

Is the Cattle Raisers Expo open to the public?
Yes, tickets are $10.

How much is admission to the Cattle Raisers Expo?
Free for TSCRA members who present their membership card. $10 for non-members.

Law Enforcement Silent Auction

What is the Silent Auction in the Cattle Raisers Expo?
The Law Enforcement Silent Auction is a fun and exciting event held during the Cattle Raisers Expo hours. This event is fun for all ages! 

All proceeds from the Silent Aucion go to the TSCRA Law Enforcement Division to assist with training and equipment needs.

What items are available to bid on?
Some of the items you will see will be bird and deer hunts, jewelry, firearms, knives, spurs, art work, mineral,books, too many to name them all. 

Can I bid on items if I am not at the event?
Yes, we do take bids by phone. To pre-arrange your bid, please contact TSCRA Law Enforcement at 800-242-7820.

 

Social Events

Can I purchase tickets to the Cattle Raisers Dance at the door?
No. We have sold out of tickets to this event the past 2 years. Please be sure to save your spot at this fun event!

Will there be transportation to and from the Cattle Raisers Dance?
Transportation will be provided from the headquarters hotels.

Can I reserve a table or seats at the Cattle Raisers Dance?
No, we will not offer reserve seating. Please be sure to order your tickets early so we can arrange for enough room for you and your guests.

 

Travel and Hotels

What is the nearest airport recommended for attendees to fly into?
San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is located 10 to 15 minutes from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Will there be shuttle service to and from the airport and the hotels or convention center?
No, TSCRA will not be providing shuttle service to and from the airport or hotels.

For more information on ground access transportation to and from San Antonio, go to visitsanantonio.com.

Are hotel accommodations included in the registration fee?
Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. However, we have discounted rates contracted with several hotels near the convention center. Please visit the Hotels page for more details.

How do I book my hotel reservation?
Please contact the hotel of your choice directly and don't forget to reference Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to receive the best available rate. Please visit the Hotels page for more details.

 

Safety and First Aid

Will there be first-aid at the Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo?
Yes, the wellness and safety of our members and friends are of great concern to us.  An EMT will be available on-site during the event.

Is there a hospital nearby?
The closest hospital to the Henry B. Gonzalez convention center is Christus Santa Rosa-City Centre, 333 N. Santa Rosa St., San Antonio, Texas 78207, 210-704-2011.

Is the convention center handicap-accessible?
Yes. Special Requests: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, TSCRA will make all reasonable efforts at the Convention to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call the TSCRA at 817-332-7064 or email registration@tscra.org with your request. Two weeks advance notice of your requests is required.

 

Childcare

Will childcare be available?
Childcare options are available during the Cattle Raisers Dance. Please contact the Grand Hyatt at 210-224-1234 for details.

 

General Event Information

Who can attend the Cattle Raisers Convention, School for Successful Ranching, and Expo?
The event is open to all individuals interested in ranching, livestock production, and general agriculture. You do not need to be a TSCRA member to attend any of the events.

What is the attire for the event?
The entire event is business casual.

How many people are anticipated to be in attendance?
Approximately 3,000 people to attend the Cattle Raisers Convention, annually.

Will the sessions or any part of the Cattle Raisers Convention be streamed live via the Internet?
No, we will not stream any portion of the event via the Internet.

Are recordings of individual sessions available?
Yes, we will be recording most sessions and making them available online. Please check back after the convention to listen to the recorded sessions.

 

Future Meeting Dates

What are the future dates and locations for Convention Weekend?

2015 Cattle Raisers Convention: March 25-29, 2015, Fort Worth

2016 Cattle Raisers Convention: April 8-10, 2016, Fort Worth

These dates are subject to change.

Media

I am a member of the press. Do you offer free press passes?
We will be offering press passes to qualified members of the media. Please send us an e-mail for more information.

 

 
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