The agricultural heritage and tradition of quality produce is at the heart of Borders life. In June 2012 the agriculture workforce in the Scottish Borders topped 4160 people, this is 6% of the Scottish agriculture workforce.
Unsurprisingly, given the natural environment and commitment to quality, the Scottish Borders produces some of the best quality assured beef and lamb in the country. There are many organic and rare-breed producers across the Borders supplying shops and restaurants locally and further afield.
Some of the country's main suppliers are based in the region, including:
With a strong record of innovation in the industry, the Borders also remains a stronghold for industry co-operatives, including:
Established in 2006, the Scottish Borders Food Network involves local food businesses (producers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and food shops), committed to developing and showcasing the region’s food.