Police are appealing for witnesses after cattle worth a combined £32,000 was stolen from a number of farms in the area.
A number of cattle have been stolen from the Garioch area of Aberdeenshire in the last six weeks.
Between Monday June 27 and Friday July 8 2016, three Limousin, two Simmental and a British Blue cow were stolen from fields between Blackburn and Hatton of Fintray.
In a second incident up to 14 Charolais cows were stolen from a field between Monnymusk and Castle Fraser at about 2pm on Wednesday July 27 2016.
The combined value of the cattle is believed to be more than £32,000.
All the animals have ear tags which are clearly visible.
Inspector Jon Millar, the local Policing Inspector for Garioch, said, "We are appealing for any information on these incidents which may or may not be related.
"While this type of crime is relatively rare in this area, the loss of cattle can have such a devastating and lasting impact on farmers and their families and we are working with them and the wider farming community and industry to try to identify who is responsible and where the cattle have gone.
"It is believed the animals were herded into a waiting vehicle."
The news comes just a week after it was reported over £10,000 worth of machinery was stolen from the East Kilbride area of Lanarkshire.
Inspector Millar continued: "Our local officers are providing additional visibility in the area and we will continue to work with our partners and communities to reduce the risk of further incidents.
"It is vital we speak to anyone who may have seen the cattle being taken from the field or walked along the road. I’d also specifically appeal to anyone who may have been offered the livestock or carcasses."