This increased nutrient partitioning is the number one key reason as to why anabolic steroids are utilized in farm cattle, so as to increase the feed efficiency and output of lean meats as opposed to fatty meats. More meat for consumer consumption means more of the population can be effectively fed for a lower cost of production. Trenbolone is the primary anabolic steroid utilized to improve feed efficiency and fat-free mass addition in cattle, where it has been proven in studies to exceptionally reduce the concentration of fat deposits and drastically increase protein content (in the form of lean muscle tissue) in farm animals  .
Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.
Michael A. Ball, DVM, completed an internship in medicine and surgery and an internship in anesthesia at the University of Georgia in 1994, a residency in internal medicine, and graduate work in pharmacology at Cornell University in 1997, and was on staff at Cornell before starting Early Winter Equine Medicine & Surgery located in Ithaca, . He is also an FEI veterinarian and works internationally with the United States Equestrian Team. Ball authored Understanding The Equine Eye , Understanding Basic Horse Care , and Understanding Equine First Aid , published by Eclipse Press and available at or by calling 800/582-5604.