What it means is that he palpates them (yes, I'm talking about with the shoulder-high plastic glove) to see if they are pregnant.
He had to check 11 of them, because they were the only ones left that hadn't calved this year. Three of them were not pregnant, so we're selling them. Not bad numbers!
Kris said Russ felt one of them and said, "Oooh. She's going to have this calf soon." Kris joked, "Do you just want to pull it out?" He didn't, but then she calved the next day.
The other seven cows will calve pretty soon. Hopefully sooner rather than later because it's getting cold! It was 75 degrees this last week but yesterday morning it was in the 30s.
We had a full moon last night. There's an old wive's tale that full moons make women go into labor. People think it about cows, too. I'm sure some researcher, somewhere, has done the same study on cows. We'll see what the real-life results are today!