From an economic perspective, enhancing feeding self-sufficiency on the farm means decreasing inputs (animal feeding, among others) as much as possible. The economic consequence is a lower elasticity to price variations on the marker of commodities, leading then to a higher sustainability of the system.
From an agronomical perspective, enhancing feeding self-sufficiency results in allocating a greater field area for animal feeding. Thus, more pastures and fodder crops, but also more legume crops (e.g. alfalfa, clover, peas) to provide the protein source. Therefore, fields ground and biodiversity both benefit from more diverse and more complex crops rotation.
From an environmental perspective, targeting self-sufficiency means decreasing carbon emission generated by transportation of inputs, because we decrease the amount of inputs bought. Furthermore, increasing the area dedicated to permanent grazing results in an increased storage of carbon dioxide in the ground (as organic matter). In addition, fields are covered all year long (by grass or grass catch crops), what hampers erosion and nutrients losses, improves humus content and enhances microbial life in the ground. Also, we contribute to maintain biodiversity by planting new hedges and water places aside of existing ones. Such hedges are part of an ecological network spreading over the region, acting as a shelter for native wildlife.
Animal feedings are also better tracked when working with increased autonomy in the farm, resulting in improvement of the quality of the final product. For instance, we can guarantee that our final products are totally free of genetically modified organisms or other suspicious residues.
Eventually, feeding self-sufficiency allows us to have a better control on all steps along our meat production, with a positive impact on quality for consumers and an improved respect of our environment.