Auto-Feeding LAC-TEK Milk Machine for Lambs & Kids
The LAC-TEK Stainless is an automatic dispenser designed to provide a constant, uniform and easily accessible supply of milk replacer or formula for up to 60 lambs and goat kids.
The machine automatically mixes small quantities of powdered milk replacer/formula with warm water at a desired concentration. The animals take the mixed liquid by means of a rubber nipple.
Look to the LAC-TEK II Milk Feeding System as an alternative. It can be used to feed up to 120 orphan lambs and goat kids. —Premier
- Provides milk for up to 60 orphans
- Produces very uniform lambs/kids at weaning
- Mix only what you need—less spoilage
- Built-in thermostat warms water to a preset temperature, up to 110°
- Adjustable milk/water ratio for desired concentration as animals age
- Daily cleaning takes about 10 minutes
- When used on our farm, nipples lasted for 100 lambs
- 6 month warranty
Automatic Milk Feeders Compared
|Max # of lambs/kids||60||120|
|Max # of rubber nipples||6||12|
|Milk powder capacity||25 lb||50 lb|
|Water tank size||1.5 gal||2.5 gal|
|Power requirement||15 amps||18 amps|
- Dimensions: 17" x 19" x 28"
- 6 lamb/kid nipples
- 6 nipple connectors
- 18 feet of nipple tubing
- 3 nipple panels
- 1.5 gallon reservoir (for warming water)
- 25 lb capacity hopper for milk powder
- Rating: 110 volts, 1500 watts
- Operating manual
Item # 562840 is CSA-certificated for sale to Canadian customers.
How to Use
Nipples are not pre-slit. Hole size depends on the age and vitality of the lambs. To make the hole, start small (14 gauge needle or pinch the end and put a small slit in the end with a pair of scissors) then enlarge if needed if the lambs struggle to get milk flow. Too large of a hole and there is a risk of the lamb breathing in the milk.
- Nipples must be set 1" above the level of the milk in the mixing bowl.
- If mixed milk has cooled lambs won’t be eager to consume cold milk. Not a problem unless only 1-2 lambs/kids.
- Spoilage can occur in warm weather.
- Warm temperatures may cause milk to froth which covers the sensor. This delays the mixing of a fresh batch.
- Must be kept from freezing. Some build an insulated box and/or install a heat lamp.
- Requires a 20 amp breaker.
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Robert T from California
We bought this machine from Premier. It was shipped out quickly and arrived promptly. My one complaint is that it is an expensive machine and was dropped at the end of the road at the entrance to the ranch. With something this expensive it really should have had a signature required upon delivery. Look into this before you purchase.
Theresa S from Maine
Plan on buying one every year. We used it one season, this year the mixer motor failed, had to buy a new one since the warranty is only good for 6 months. The motor was shipped with the mounting bolts installed backward repaired mounting bolts, operated for ten minutes, control board broke. Ordered new control board. Spoke with techs at the manufacturer, they told me the machine is not built to last, that is why the warranty is only for 6 months.
Deborah G from Maryland
Raised 21 lambs, I pulled a triplet out of each bunch a pair from the quads. Lambs at 4 and half months weighed up to 100 pounds! By far the best way to raise orphans or handle those extra lambs. Most of them exceeded the weights of the ewe raised lambs. And in most cases I kept the runt of the litter for machine raising. 30 to 40 days the machine ran. Almost without a problem. Only change I will make next year is two sets of hoses so I can swap them out to speed up cleaning. Machine has to be kept clean but once you get the hang of it it takes minutes far faster than washing buckets or bottles. The only thing I will do differently is start the lambs on the machine earlier. I was holding them until they were out of the jugs and it was harder to convert them to the nipple on the machine.
Sharon K from Iowa
I purchased this machine to use with abandoned lambs and for triplets/quads pulled off their ewe. It's amazing and has saved so much time! Once you get the hang of the daily cleaning it is a breeze. Easy to use, dependable. I highly recommend!