Louth County Council, the gardaí and the Food Safety Authority are investigating the discovery of illegally dumped cattle carcasses near the Louth border.

The six adult cattle carcasses were found near Ravensdale Forest earlier today.

After they were inspected Louth County Council said it is possible they could have come from an illegal meat cutting plant.

In a statement, the council said it is the view that the cutting was carried out by individuals with professional butchery skills.

The site was inspected by the Louth County vet who said he believes the carcasses were expertly butchered and the meat was intended to be sold for human consumption.

There are now concerns about the existence of an illegal meat boning plant in the border area.