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Purebred cows native to Mongolia produce, on average, 400 liters

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Purebred cows native to Mongolia produce, on average, 400 liters of milk per year; if Mongolian cattle are crossbred with European breeds, the crossbred cows can produce, on average, 2,700 liters per year. An international agency plans to increase the profitability of Mongolia's dairy sector by encouraging widespread crossbreeding of native Mongolian cattle with European breeds.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the viability of the agency's plan?

(A) Not all European breeds of cattle can be successfully bred with native Mongolian cattle.

(B) Many young Mongolians now regard cattle raising as a low-status occupation because it is less lucrative than other endeavors open to them.

(C) Mongolia's terrain is suitable for grazing native herds but not for growing the fodder needed to keep crossbred animals healthy.

(D) Cowhide and leather products, not milk, make up the bulk of Mongolia's animal product exports to Europe.

(E) Many European breeds of cattle attain average milk production levels exceeding 2,700 liters.

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Will go with C -- weaken the argument pointing that it is very difficult to keep cross bred cattle healthy , situation that will lead to low productivity.
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I go with "C". Base: if Mongolian terrain not suitable for crossbreeds, whats the point of going for it!
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This argument talks about the agency's plans to increase the profitability of Mongolia's
dairy sector. The agency intends to encourage crossbreeding of the purebred cows with
European breeds to increase the yield of milk from 400 liters/year to 2700 liters/year.

Of the available options, Option C(Mongolia's terrain is suitable for grazing native herds
but not for growing the fodder needed to keep crossbred animals healthy)
weakens the
conclusion that the profitability may not increase. It weakens the argument by providing
an alternative reasoning for the fall in the yield due to having health issues.
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Purebred cows native to Mongolia produce, on average, 400 liters of milk per year; if Mongolian cattle are crossbred with European breeds, the crossbred cows can produce, on average, 2,700 liters per year. An international agency plans to increase the profitability of Mongolia's dairy sector by encouraging widespread crossbreeding of native Mongolian cattle with European breeds.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the viability of the agency's plan?

(A) Not all European breeds of cattle can be successfully bred with native Mongolian cattle.
Just because some cattle breeds cannot be bred with Mongolian cattle, this doesn't mean that all breeds cannot be bred.

(B) Many young Mongolians now regard cattle raising as a low-status occupation because it is less lucrative than other endeavors open to them.
Out of scope as this is too far removed from the conclude, which calls for higher profitability in Mongolia's dairy sector

(C) Mongolia's terrain is suitable for grazing native herds but not for growing the fodder needed to keep crossbred animals healthy.
Correct! This successfully attacks the conclusion that profitability will improve with the crossbreeding of Mongolian and European cows. The crossbred cows will not be able to remain healthy enough to produce milk.

(D) Cowhide and leather products, not milk, make up the bulk of Mongolia's animal product exports to Europe.
Even if so, it's not likely that Europe is Mongolia's only trading partner.

(E) Many European breeds of cattle attain average milk production levels exceeding 2,700 liters.
While great for European cattle farmers, we are looking for something that casts doubt on why cross breeding will not boost profitability in Mongolia's dairy sector. Thus this is out of scope.
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I was confusing between A and C. But Option C clearly weakens the argument proposed in the question.

As far as option A is concerned... as long as some European breeds are able to cross breed with Mongolian cows we should be good.

So IMO C.
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Purebred cows native to Mongolia produce, on average, 400 liters of milk per year; if Mongolian cattle are crossbred with European breeds, the crossbred cows can produce, on average, 2,700 liters per year. An international agency plans to increase the profitability of Mongolia's dairy sector by encouraging widespread crossbreeding of native Mongolian cattle with European breeds.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the viability of the agency's plan?

(A) Not all European breeds of cattle can be successfully bred with native Mongolian cattle.

(B) Many young Mongolians now regard cattle raising as a low-status occupation because it is less lucrative than other endeavors open to them.

(C) Mongolia's terrain is suitable for grazing native herds but not for growing the fodder needed to keep crossbred animals healthy.

(D) Cowhide and leather products, not milk, make up the bulk of Mongolia's animal product exports to Europe.

(E) Many European breeds of cattle attain average milk production levels exceeding 2,700 liters.


Without reading all the answers I marked (A), but found (C) as correct. A bad habit that must be avoided.
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