Gardai have launched an investigation after five bullocks were stolen from a field in Ravensdale.
The bullocks were stolen from a field beside the graveyard in Ravensdale.
Local Sinn Fein councillor in the area, Jim Loughran, has slammed the crime.
“A lot of cattle rustling has been happening,” Cllr Loughran said. “This has been happening for a while. It is an ongoing problem.
“This crime is also widespread across the country. This is becoming more common along border areas and it has to stop.”
Last November several illegally dumped cattle carcasses were discovered near Ravensdale forest.
The six cattle carcases were investigated by the Louth County, the gardai and the Food Safety Authority.
After they were inspected Louth County Council said it is possible they could have come from an illegal meat cutting plant..
There has been a considerable rise in cattle rustling across the region with high levels reported in Louth and Monaghan in particular.
There are now concerns about the existence of an illegal meat boning plant in the border area.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the animals or who seen anything suspicious in the area overnight should contact Dromad or Dundalk garda stations.