Sinclair BioResources is situated in state-of-the-art, AAALAC-accredited animal production complexes that continue to upgrade and expand, resulting in an energy-efficient and cost-competitive bioproduction center. Our Missouri production facilities, along with the Sinclair Research Center facilities, now include more than 300,000 square feet of dedicated buildings on a 650-acre research campus. The Maine production facility is comprised of over 10,000 square feet of buildings on a 27-acre location.
Sinclair BioResources’ facilities are designed to be good to the environment
As with most commercial facilities, the facilities at Sinclair BioResources are significant consumers of energy due to the large number of air movements required to maintain air quality in animal housing. Subsequently, a number of environmentally conscientious strategies have been implemented to minimize this energy expenditure while improving the comfort of the animals. The installation of energy recovery units, solid core insulation, geothermal heat pumps, and water conservation are just some of the systems we have implemented to help the environment.
- Energy Recovery Units (ERU): This is the single most significant energy reduction strategy. The ERUs are introduced into the airstream, where they drastically reduce the energy consumption of the entire HVAC system by using the building exhaust air to precool and dry the incoming hot and humid outside fresh air or preheat and humidify the incoming cold and dry outside fresh air. This reduction of the cooling or heating load allows for a much smaller HVAC system to be used.
- Solid Core Insulation: This type of insulation forms a built-in air seal that is not disturbed by wind or air movement, unlike the more common fiberglass batts which cannot stop air infiltration. This insulation fills every crevice, virtually eliminating air leakage, convection, and airborne moisture movement, which greatly reduces the energy expenditure of the facility.
- Geothermal Heat Pump: Sinclair BioResources uses a ground source heat pump to also supplement the HVAC system. Geoexchange works differently than conventional heat pumps that use the outdoor air as their heat source or heat sink. Geoexchange systems don’t have to work as hard, thus they use less energy, because they draw heat from a few feet beneath the surface of the earth where the temperature of the ground or groundwater remains relatively constant throughout the year. This is why geoexchange systems encounter no difficulty blowing comfortably warm air through a structure’s ventilation system, even when the outdoor air temperature is extremely cold. Conversely, in summer, the relatively cool ground absorbs waste heat more readily than the warm outdoor air.
- Water Usage: The thousands of gallons of water that Sinclair BioResources uses on a daily basis is utilized three separate times in an effort to conserve water. First, the energy of the water is captured to supplement the ground source loop system of the geothermal heat pump system to improve the efficiency of the geothermal heat pumps, particularly in the summer and winter when the demand peaks. The water is pumped from wells that are about 1,200 feet deep which result in a very thermo-neutral water, regardless of the season. Then, the water is used for daily animal care and facility cleaning. Finally, the water is captured through the sewage system and collected in massive lagoons, and is then used as a water source for irrigated fields of growing crops.
Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance
Sinclair complies with a number of agencies. We are USDA licensed as a breeder (43-A-5793). We are AAALAC accredited and have maintained this accreditation since 1995.
Everyone at Sinclair BioResources is strongly committed to animal welfare and we have a documented quality animal care program, including a ‘Code of Respect’ for all our animals. Additionally, our commitment to adhere to and exceed the highest ethical and scientific standards is demonstrated by our outstanding veterinary care program, our full compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and our accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International).
Animal Code of Respect
As a leading producer of miniature swine and bioproducts, we accept both the legal and moral obligation to assure that animals in our care are treated in accordance with all applicable regulations and with high standards of respect and compassion. Sinclair BioResources maintains full AAALAC accreditation and meets or exceeds USDA and Public Health Service (PHS) standards. In addition to adhering to law and ethics, this obligation is scientifically important, as failure to meet these regulations and standards can undermine the validity of scientific research. Toward that end, all of us at Sinclair BioResources are committed to following these principles:
- We will treat animals in our care with the utmost respect. We honor the contribution that these animals make to lifesaving advances and will in turn treat these animals with the respect that they deserve.
- We will strictly follow all applicable regulations and standards for animal treatment.
- We will not conduct research on animals when validated alternatives are available, or when the potential benefit of the research is unclear. When scientifically valid, we will employ the “three R’s” principals to animal use: replacement, reduction, and refinement.
- We will work, in a manner consistent with the study protocol and good science, to reduce discomfort or stress to animals in our care, and provide a nurturing, comfortable, and enriched animal environment.
- We will train Sinclair BioResources employees who handle animals on proper techniques and will apply appropriate controls to ensure that all procedures as well as this Code of Respect are followed. We will encourage employees to report any misconduct or failure to adhere to this Code of Respect.
- If we learn that we or any of our employees have failed to follow this Code of Respect, we will take appropriate remedial and disciplinary action.