Taurus-ST President and dairy industry fixture Richard W. “Dick” Witter is stepping down after a half-century career in the artificial insemination (A.I.) and genetics businesses as of March 31.

Richard W. Witter

Witter said he is leaving the company he founded to spend more time farming, tinkering with antique cars, hunting and being with family and friends. He will also remain active in many industry, civic and community organizations.

Witter began his career at his local artificial insemination co-op in 1965. He founded Taurus-Service Inc. six years later and grew it into one of the largest independently owned A.I. companies in the United States before selling it to Inguran, LLC, in mid-2014. Taurus-ST, as the company was re-branded, remains a division of Inguran, LLC, doing business as Sexing Technologies

Witter has served the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) as a director, an Executive Board member and a representative on the Counsel on Dairy Cattle Breeders (CDCB). He is the longest serving (28 years) member of the NAAB Dairy Sire Evaluation Committee and is a member of the board of managers of the Cooperative Dairy DNA Repository.

“Dick’s contributions to and impacts on the dairy genetics and A.I. industries are immeasurable,” said Maurice Rosenstein, Co-CEO of Sexing Technologies. “He has helped mold our industry into the dynamic business it is today and we are grateful for his tireless work and dedication. The entire Sexing Technologies family wishes Dick continued success as he embarks on this newest chapter in his life.”