Owned & Operated by

Dáire Markham MVB MRCVS

The Complete Bovine Embryo Service


Dáire qualified from UCD in 2004 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. After a stint in practice in the UK, Dáire returned to Ireland and worked in large animal practice in Castlebar, Co. Mayo until 2013.

It was during this period that Dáire started offering an ultrasound scanning service. From dealings with his many clients, he realised that there was scope to expand into an area in which he had a keen interest – namely embryo transfer.

It was from this interest and after receiving training in both the US & the UK that in 2013 vetembryos.ie was born.

Since 2018 Dáire is based on his home farm in Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon and has the facilities and expertise to offer all aspects of embryo transfer to his clients.

Dáire is also a member of the Irish Parthenaise Cattle Society council and is an enthusiastic breeder of Parthenaise cattle.

Our Vet Daire!


Embryo Transfer (ET) is an advanced reproductive technology and a progressive tool that can help you produce more offspring from a high genetic merit cow and can extend the impact of outstanding cattle genetics.

Conventional (in vivo) ET involves specific hormonal treatment (with follicle stimulating hormone) of donor cows and heifers to cause multiple follicles to ovulate. The donors are bred using artificial insemination (AI) following this superovulation regime and oestrus or standing heat. Approximately seven days after insemination, embryos are non-surgically collected or “flushed” from the donor’s uterus and transferred fresh into synchronous recipients who will serve as surrogate mothers. The embryos may also be cryopreserved or frozen to be transferred at a later point in time. The frozen embryos will be maintained in liquid nitrogen storage vessels until they are thawed and transferred.

An ET collection can be performed on a donor female every 40-60 days. The average number of transferrable embryos per collection is 5 - 6, but a wide range of results are common. Some donor collections result in zero viable embryos, while other donor collections may yield more than 20 viable embryos.

All embryos collected and frozen are washed and labelled according to the International Embryo Transfer Societies protocol. This facilitates the ability to trade them domestically or export them internationally.

Daire working in a field Cows produced by vetembryos.ie in a field


Established by Dáire Markham MVB MRCVS, vetembryos.ie is a complete bovine embryo service provider.

As an experienced practitioner of embryo transfer, Dáire has built on an expanding client base and offers a complete bovine embryo service from his purpose built facility in Clydaugh, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon.

The following services are offered:

  • Embryo Recovery (Flushing)
  • Embryo Transfer ( Fresh & Frozen)
  • Embryo Freezing & Storage
  • Embryo Import & Export
  • On Site Donor Accommodation
  • Heifers provided for Embryo Transfer

calves in a pen


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Dáire Markham: 087 263 9806