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Jiang S.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.,Shandong Agricultural University | Gao J.,Taian Central Hospital Stomatology | And 3 more authors.
Livestock Science | Year: 2010

Zearalenone (ZEA), commonly present in corn and its derived products for animals, has caused significant economical impact on swine reproduction in China. The present study therefore attempted to reveal the adverse effects of ZEA (1.3 mg/kg diet) exposure from a viewpoint of damages focusing on the liver and kidney of female piglets. The efficacy of dietary montmorillonite clay in preventing ZEA-induced adverse effects was also determined. Treatments were 1) control; 2) control + 2.5 g/kg clay; 3) control + 1 mg/kg ZEA; 4) control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 1.25 g/kg clay; 5) control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 2.5 g/kg clay; 6) control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 5.0 g/kg clay; 7) control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 10 g/kg clay. Results showed that pigs fed ZEA-contaminated diet reduced (P < 0.05) platelets, haemoglobin, globulin, triglycerides and high density lipoproteins (HDL) in serum, and increased (P < 0.05) all enzymes activities, cholesterol, urea, and creatinine. Degeneration of the liver and kidney tissues was also found in female piglets fed 1.3 mg/kg ZEA-contaminated diet. Dietary addition of clay showed a positive protection effect on ZEA feeding, and the linear or quadratic effect (P < 0.05) on neutralizing detrimental effects of clay in ZEA feeding were observed. It suggested that feeding ZEA at 1.3 mg/kg diet for 24-d may result in a deleterious effect in female piglets, and clay addition at 5 or 10 g/kg diet can effectively protect against the detrimental effects of the ZEA feeding. These results may have implications for human and animals consuming ZEA-contaminated food or feed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Jiang S.Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.R.,Shandong Agricultural University | Gao J.,Taian Central Hospital Stomatology | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Animal Science | Year: 2011

Zearalenone (ZEA), an estrogenic mycotoxin, is produced mainly by Fusarium fungi. Previous studies indicated that acute ZEA exposure induced oxidative stress and damage in multiple organs. Therefore, the present study was designed to investigate the adverse effects of dietary ZEA (1.1 to 3.2 mg/kg of diet) on oxidative stress and organ damage in postweaning gilts. A total of 20 gilts (Landrace × Yorkshire × Duroc) weaned at d 21 with an average BW of 10.36 ± 1.21 kg was used in the study. Gilts were housed in a temperature-controlled room, divided into 4 treatments, and fed a basal diet only (control) or basal diet supplemented with purified ZEA at a dietary concentration of 1 (ZEA1), 2 (ZEA2), or 3 (ZEA3) mg/kg of diet for 18 d ad libitum. The actual ZEA contents (analyzed) were 0, 1.1 ± 0.02, 2.0 ± 0.01, and 3.2 ± 0.02 mg/kg for control, ZEA1, ZEA2, and ZEA3, respectively. Gilts fed different amounts of dietary ZEA grew similarly with no difference (P > 0.05) in feed intake. Vulva size increased linearly over the 18 d of feeding in gilts fed diets containing 1.1 mg of ZEA/kg or greater (P < 0.001). Relative weight of genital organs, liver, and kidney increased linearly (P < 0.05) in a ZEA-dose-dependent manner. Serum aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, γ-glutamate transferase, urea, and creatinine (P < 0.05), and malondialdehyde concentrations in both serum and liver (P < 0.001) were also increased linearly in a ZEA-dose-dependent manner. However, spleen relative weight (P = 0.002) and activities of total superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase (in both serum and liver (P < 0.05) were decreased linearly as dietary ZEA increased. Results showed that besides genital organs, the liver, kidney, and spleen may also be target tissues in young gilts fed diets containing 1.1 to 3.2 mg of ZEA/kg for 18 d. Increased key liver enzymes in the serum suggest progressive liver damage caused by feeding ZEA, and an increase in oxidative stress in gilts is another potential impact of ZEA toxicity in pigs. © 2011 American Society of Animal Science. All rights reserved.


Jiang S.Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.R.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yao B.Q.,Shandong Agricultural University | And 4 more authors.
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences | Year: 2010

The effects of different levels of natural clay enterosorbent on the growth, nutrient availability, and genital organs of post-weaning female pigs fed with an addition of zearalenone (ZEA) were investigated in the study. A total of thirty-five post-weaning gilts (L×Y×D) with an average body weight of 12.36±1.46 kg were used in the test. The gilts were raised individually in metabolism cages and fed a corn-soybean meal-whey basal diet with an addition of 0 or 1 mg/kg of ZEA for 24 d with four levels of natural clay enterosorbent added in the feed. The treatments were: i) control; ii) control+2.5 g/kg clay; iii) control+1 mg/kg ZEA; iv) control+1 mg/kg ZEA+1.25 g/kg clay; v) control+1 mg/kg ZEA+2.5 g/kg clay; vi) control+1 mg/kg ZEA+5.0 g/kg clay; vii) control+1 mg/kg ZEA +10 g/kg clay. Pigs fed diets contaminated with additional purified ZEA had significantly reduced apparent digestibility of crude protein (CP), gross energy (GE) and apparent metabolic rate of GE (ME/GE, p<0.05) without changes of net protein utilization (NPU, p>0.05). Final body weight, average daily gain (ADG), average daily feed intake (ADFI), vulva length, vulva width, vulva area, relative weights of genital organ and proliferative changes of the ovary tissues in gilts fed ZEA-contaminated diet were increased (p<0.05) compared to the gilts fed the control diet. Addition of natural clay enterosorbent in the ZEA-contaminated diet showed a positive protection effect on ZEA feeding, and the protection was increased linearly or quadratically as clay content increased. However, in pigs fed a diet with clay alone at 2.5 g/kg level there was no significant impact (p>0.05) on all the parameters as compared to the control. It is suggested that feeding ZEA at about 1.0 mg/kg for 24 days might result in a deleterious effect in pigs, and addition of 5 or 10 g clay enterosorbent per kg diet can effectively neutralize the detrimental effects of the ZEA feeding.


Wan X.L.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.R.,Shandong Agricultural University | Jiang S.Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | And 3 more authors.
Poultry Science | Year: 2013

A total of 1,280 1-d-old ducks were used in a study to investigate the effects of increasing aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) concentrations from naturally contaminated corn on young ducklings, and the effectiveness of a clay adsorbent (CA) to protect against those effects. Ducks were randomly allotted to 8 treatments (TRT) in a 4 × 2 factorial arrangement with 4 levels of AFB1 (0, 25, 50, and 100 μg/kg) and 2 levels of CA (0 and 0.1%) with 8 pens per TRT and 20 ducks per pen. All ducks were allowed ad libitum access to feed and water during the 21-d experiment. The ADG, ADFI, feed conversion rate, mortality, bill color, and CV of BW of each replicate were measured at the end of the study. Blood and tissue samples from 8 ducks per TRT were obtained on d 21 of the experiment to determine the serum immunoglobulin and protein concentrations, relative organ weights, and intestinal morphology. Average daily gain and relative weights of the liver, spleen, thymus, and bursa of Fabricius decreased linearly (P < 0.05) as dietary AFB1 increased. Serum proteins and intestinal villi heights and villus/crypt ratio followed the same pattern. Bill decolorization ratio, CV of BW, and mortality increased linearly (P < 0.05) as dietary AFB1 increased. Adding 0.1% CA to the diet improved (P < 0.05) the relative weights of the small intestine, spleen, and thymus, and the villus height and villus/crypt ratio of the duodenum and jejunum, as well as the serum IgG and IgM concentrations. Adding CA also reduced (P < 0.05) bill decolorization ratio, CV of BW, mortality, and serum IgA concentration. Therefore, duck performance was negatively affected by increasing AFB1 concentrations in diets. But the addition of 0.1% CA can protect against the detrimental effects caused by AFB1-contaminated corn in diets for ducks. © 2013 Poultry Science Association Inc.


Zou Y.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.R.,Shandong Agricultural University | Jiang S.Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Applied Poultry Research | Year: 2012

A 15-d metabolic experiment in female broilers was carried out to examine the effect of purified zearalenone (ZEA; 0 vs. 1 mg/kg) on the apparent digestibility of DM, organic matter (OM), CP, and gross energy (GE) of diets containing fumonisin (FUM, 3.15 or 5.50 mg/kg) from naturally contaminated corn (Zea mays). Forty-eight 28-d-old female broilers were assigned to a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement and fed 1 of 4 diets: 1) low ZEA (0 mg/kg) and low (3.15 mg/kg) FUM, 2) low ZEA and high (5.50 mg/kg) FUM, 3) high ZEA (1 mg/kg) and low FUM, and 4) high ZEA and high FUM. Birds were housed in 24 wire cages in an environmentally controlled room, fed ad libitum, and allowed free access to water. Feed intake and excreta of each replicate were collected at 3-d intervals during the 15-d experiment to determine the DM, OM, CP, and GE digestibility. All broiler groups had similar ADG, ADFI, and FCR (P > 0.05). Supplementation of ZEA at 1 mg/kg induced a tendency for increased FCR (P = 0.079). Apparent digestibilities of DM, OM, CP, and GE were not affected by the 2 levels of FUM in corn (P > 0.05) but were increased significantly by purified ZEA (P < 0.05). Nutrient digestibility increased with time, possibly because of accumulation of dietary ZEA. In conclusion, nutrient digestibility in female broilers may be improved by dietary ZEA at a level of 1 mg/kg but was not affected by different levels of dietary FUM. © 2012 Poultry Science Association, Inc.


Jiang S.Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.R.,Shandong Agricultural University | Wang S.J.,Shandong Agricultural University | And 4 more authors.
Livestock Science | Year: 2012

The aims of the present study were to investigate the toxicity of zearalenone (ZEA) on nutrient availability, genital organs and serum hormones of piglets, and to evaluate the efficacy of modified montmorillonite clay (Calibrin-Z) in preventing ZEA-induced adverse effects. The experiment was conducted for 22. d using 36 piglets weaned at 21 d of age (Landrace × Yorkshire × Duroc, 18 females and 18 males; 8.84 ± 0.21. kg average body weight). Piglets of each gender were randomly allocated to the following six dietary treatments: 1) Control (basal diet only); 2) Control + 1 g/kg clay; 3) Control + 1 mg/kg ZEA; 4) Control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 1 g/kg clay; 5) Control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 2 g/kg clay; and 6) Control + 1 mg/kg ZEA + 4 g/kg clay. Piglets were housed and fed individually for the entire experimental period. Blood samples were taken and piglets were sacrificed at the end of the experiment to obtain organs for physiological assessment. Results showed that treatments had no effect on average daily gain (ADG), average daily feed intake (ADFI), feed efficiency (FE, g gain/g feed) and apparent digestibility of nutrients. Females fed ZEA-contaminated diet without clay showed increase (P< 0.05) in vulva size, relative weight of genital organs and proliferative changes of the corpus uteri tissues. However, the decreased relative weight of genital organs (P< 0.05) in males were observed without difference in the testicle size (P= 0.235) and histological changes. Serum progesterone (PG) and testosterone (Ts) in males and females, and estradiol (E2) in females were significantly decreased by the additional ZEA in feeds (P< 0.05). Dietary addition of clay in the ZEA-contaminated (1.05. mg/kg) diet showed a positive protection effect on the nutrient availability of GE and CP, net protein utilization (NPU), relative weight of genital organs in piglets, proliferative changes of the corpus uteri tissues in females, and serum hormones of PG and Ts in males and females, and E2 in females. However, piglets fed the control diet with clay alone at 1. g/kg level had no impact on any of the parameters as compared to the control. It suggested that feeding ZEA at about 1.05. mg/kg can result in a deleterious effect on piglets, which was totally or partly ameliorated by dietary supplementation of modified calcium montmorillonite clay at concentrations between 1 and 4. g/kg diet. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Li Y.,South China Agricultural University | Liu Y.H.,South China Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Wan X.L.,Shandong Agricultural University | Chi F.,Amlan International
Journal of Applied Poultry Research | Year: 2012

A 3-wk experiment was conducted to investigate the ability of clay enterosorbent to counteract the toxic effects of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) from naturally contaminated moldy corn (Zea mays; 170 μg/kg of AFB1) on hematology, serum biochemistry, and oxidative stress in ducklings. Six hundred forty 1-d-old healthy Cherry Valley Ducks were randomly allotted to 4 dietary treatments: 1) low-AFB1 diets (LA), without contaminated corn; 2) LA + clay enterosorbent; 3) high-AFB1 diets (HA), with contaminated corn; and 4) HA + clay enterosorbent. There were 8 replicates of 20 birds each. Blood and liver samples from 8 ducks per treatment were obtained at d 21 to determine hematological, biochemical, and antioxidant status. All ducklings had similar ADFI and FCR. However, consumption of the HA diet caused lower (P < 0.05) 21-d BW and ADG than consumption of the LA + clay diet. Compared with ducklings fed the LA diet, those fed the HA diet had an increased (P < 0.05) lymphocyte percentage and had decreased (P < 0.05) granulocyte, hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentrations. Adding 0.1% clay enterosorbent to the HA diets counteracted those effects to some extent. However, the platelet count of ducklings fed the AFB1 diet decreased (P < 0.05) with or without the 0.1% clay enterosorbent. Ducks fed the HA diet had reduced (P < 0.05) activities of creatine kinase, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, total superoxide dismutase in the serum, and glutathione peroxidase in both the serum and liver, decreased concentrations of blood urea nitrogen, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein, and low-density lipoprotein in the serum, but increased (P < 0.05) activities of alkaline phosphatase in the serum and malondialdehyde in the serum and liver. Addition of 0.1% clay enterosorbent to the HA diet increased (P < 0.05) activities of creatine kinase, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, total superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and concentrations of all metabolites in the serum, but decreased (P < 0.05) activities of alkaline phosphatase in the serum and malondialdehyde in the serum and liver. Feeding AFB1-contaminated corn had a detrimental effect on ducklings, and addition of 0.1% clay enterosorbent to the diet was effective in counteracting the toxic effects. © 2012 Poultry Science Association, Inc.


Wang J.P.,Dankook University | Chi F.,Amlan International | Kim I.H.,Dankook University
Animal Feed Science and Technology | Year: 2012

Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of montmorillonite clay (MC) on performance and nutrient digestibility of pigs challenged with zearalenone (ZEA). In experiment 1, 144 gilts (10.07. ±. 0.87. kg) were assigned to 1 of 8 treatments in 2. ×. 4 factorial randomized complete block design for a 28. d trial (6 pigs/pen, 3 pens/treatment). Factors included (1) ZEA levels (0, 0.2, 0.4, or 0.8. mg ZEA/kg) and (2) MC addition [Clay to ZEA ratio maintained at 2500:1 (w:w)]. These diets included: (1) control, (2) control. +. 2. g MC/kg, (3) control. +. 0.2. mg ZEA/kg, (4) control. +. 0.2. mg ZEA/kg. +. 0.5. g MC/kg, (5) control. +. 0.4. mg ZEA/kg, (6) control. +. 0.4. mg ZEA/kg. +. 1. g MC/kg, (7) control. +. 0.8. mg ZEA/kg, and (8) control. +. 0.8. mg ZEA/kg. +. 2. g MC/kg. The ZEA challenges were shown to linearly depress (P=0.03) average daily gain (ADG) and feed efficiency, but the addition of MC improved (P=0.03) feed efficiency in the overall phase. Coefficient of apparent total tract digestibility of dry matter and nitrogen decreased (linear effect, P<0.05) as the ZEA levels increased and nitrogen digestibility were improved (P<0.01) by MC supplementation. Zearalenone linearly increased (P<0.05) vulva size (width, length, and area). Addition of MC reduced (P<0.05) average vulva width and area. Faecal Lactobacillus counts were increased (P=0.01) and Escherichia coli were reduced (P=0.01) in the MC supplemented treatments at 2 and 4. wk regardless of the level of the MC. Serum malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration increased (linear effect at 2 and 4. wk, P<0.05) and total superoxide dismutase (SOD) and aspartate amino transferase (AST) activities decreased (linear effect at 4. wk, P<0.05) as dietary ZEA dosage increased; MC supplementation reversed (P<0.05) these effects. In experiment 2, 64 pigs (27.13. ±. 1.39. kg) that were pre-fed ZEA treatments (0, 0.2, 0.4, or 0.8. mg ZEA/kg) for 28. d in experiment 1, were randomly divided into two halves and fed either control diet or control. +. 2. g MC/kg for 18. d (2 gilts/pen, 4 pens/treatment). Adding 2. g MC/kg increased (P<0.05) ADG, and decrease the vulva size and serum MAD concentration in pigs pre-fed ZEA diets throughout the 18. d period. Serum SOD concentration increased (P<0.05) in those pigs fed MC on d 9. The results suggest that feeding low levels of ZEA reduced nutrient digestibility, increased oxidative stress, and negatively affected pigs' growth, and montmorillonite clay was beneficial for detoxification of ZEA in pigs under and after ZEA challenge. © 2012.


Jiang S.Z.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang Z.B.,Shandong Agricultural University | Yang W.R.,Shandong Agricultural University | Wang S.J.,Shandong Agricultural University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition | Year: 2012

The objectives of this study were to investigate the toxicity of zearalenone (ZEA) on hepatonephric organs, serum metabolites and oxidative stress of piglets and to evaluate the efficacy of Calibrin-Z (CAZ) in preventing ZEA-induced adverse effects. The experiment was conducted for 22days using 36 piglets weaned at 21days of age (Landrace×Yorkshire×Duroc, 18 females and 18 males; 8.84±0.21kg average body weight). Piglets of each gender were randomly allocated to the following six dietary treatments: (i) Control (basal diet only); (ii) Control+1g/kg CAZ; (iii) Control+1mg/kg ZEA; (iv) Control+1mg/kg ZEA+1g/kg CAZ; (v) Control+1mg/kg ZEA+2g/kg CAZ; (vi) Control+1mg/kg ZEA+4g/kg CAZ. Piglets were housed and fed individually for the entire experimental period. Blood samples were taken, and piglets were killed at the end of the experiment to obtain organs for physiological assessment. Results showed that piglets fed the ZEA-contaminated diet had increased (p<0.05) activities of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), creatine kinase and cholinesterase, concentrations of urea, and creatinine in serum, and malondialdehyde (MDA) in serum and liver. Pigs fed the ZEA-only diet also showed reductions in serum (p<0.05) globulin, triglycerides and high-density lipoproteins (HDL), and reductions in total superoxide dismutase (TSOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx) activity in both serum and liver. Supplementation of CAZ at the dosages of 1-4g/kg to the diet containing 1.05mg/kg ZEA linearly increased (p<0.05) concentrations of triglycerides and HDL in serum, activity of TSOD and GSHPx in serum and liver, but linearly reduced (p<0.05) all tested serum enzymes and lowered (p<0.05) the elevated concentrations of urea, and creatinine in serum, and MDA in serum and liver caused by dietary ZEA. Piglets fed the ZEA-contaminated diet showed increased (p<0.05) relative weight of liver and kidney compared with the control, whereas only numerical improvement on relative weight of liver and kidney was observed with simultaneous addition of CAZ at 4g/kg diet and ZEA. However, feeding the diet with CAZ alone at 1g/kg had no impact on any of the measured parameters when compared to the control. It is suggested that feeding ZEA at 1.05mg/kg exerted a deleterious effect on piglets, which was totally or partly ameliorated by dietary supplementation of CAZ at concentrations between 1 and 4g/kg diet. © 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.


News Article | December 8, 2016
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CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Dec 8, 2016) - Oil-Dri Corporation of America ( : ODC) today announced net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 of $2,009,000 or $0.28 of earnings per diluted share. This compared to net income of $5,423,000 or $0.75 of earnings per diluted share in the same quarter of the prior year. Net sales of $66,612,000 in the quarter decreased by 2% compared to net sales of $67,795,000 in the same quarter of the prior year. President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel S. Jaffee said, "While overall results are down, both our business groups have strong positive momentum. Third party market research data from the latest twelve-week period (ending November 6, 2016) indicates that scanned sales of Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care are up 42% over the prior year, leading the growth of the Lightweight litter segment. However, the positive market results came with a cost. Our Retail & Wholesale's segment reported a loss for the quarter due to the $6 million planned promotional spending primarily in support of Fresh & Light Ultimate Care products. In addition, sales of our Retail and Wholesale products were down in the period due to our decision to discontinue business with low margin customers. Our Business to Business products delivered excellent results in the quarter, with sales increasing nearly 6.4% over last year's first quarter. Amlan International's value added animal health products performed well and greatly contributed to the period's gross margin. Product trials of Varium, our new non-antibiotic growth promoter for poultry, have exceeded our expectations thus far." Net sales of our animal health products increased approximately 53% with higher sales in all of our major international and domestic markets. Net sales of our fluids purification products were up approximately 6%. Higher sales of fluids purification products to edible oil producers, primarily in Europe, were partially offset by lower sales to petroleum oil processors due to normal order timing fluctuations. Net sales of our Agsorb agricultural chemical carriers were down slightly. Sales of co-packaged coarse cat litter were lower as the market for coarse cat litters continued to decline. Segment income improved due to the higher sales and lower packaging costs, which more than offset increased marketing costs to support the international launch of Amlan International's non-antibiotic growth promotion products, Varium and NeoPrime. Net sales of both our branded and private label cat litters decreased due to the decision to walk away from low margin cat litter business. We maintained our focus on the lightweight scoopable segment of the cat litter market, as reflected in higher sales of our Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care and private label lightweight scoopable litters. Sales of industrial and automotive absorbent products were lower for the first quarter. Segment advertising costs increased $5,400,000 in the quarter. These costs were primarily associated with the ongoing marketing campaign to promote our Fresh & Light Ultimate Care lightweight cat litter and drove the segment loss for the first quarter. We plan to continue this campaign throughout the year and we expect advertising expense to be higher for the full year of fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments at October 31, 2016 totaled $21,350,000, compared to $24,401,000 a year ago. Cash provided by operating activities was $1,325,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2016, which was $7,191,000 lower than the $8,516,000 for the same period last year. This decrease was primarily the result of lower net income and the payout of the prior fiscal year's accrued incentive bonus. Capital expenditures for the three months ended October 31, 2016 totaled $4,295,000, which was $1,136,000 more than depreciation and amortization of $3,159,000. By comparison, capital expenditures totaled $1,765,000 in the same period of last year. Capital expenditures in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 included the ongoing implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system and related infrastructure improvements. On October 13, 2016, Oil-Dri's Board of Directors declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.22 per share of outstanding Common Stock and $0.165 per share of outstanding Class B Stock. The dividends were paid on December 2, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 18, 2016. At the end of the first quarter, the annualized dividend yield on the Company's Common Stock was 2.6%, based on the closing stock price on October 31, 2016 of $33.76 per share and the latest quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share. President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Jaffee continued, "Our second quarter appears to be off to a great start. Our Business to Business products are performing well as we advance our promotional strategy for our value added products in the animal health, fluids purification and agricultural markets. Within Retail and Wholesale, we will continue to compete for market share by promoting trial and creating brand awareness of Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care products. Our media campaign will be relatively quiet during our second fiscal quarter and will then begin again during the third quarter. According to the same third-party, twelve-week report ending November 6, our private label lightweight products are also gaining market share, currently accounting for 70% of total Private Label Lightweight litter." Oil-Dri Corporation of America is a leading supplier of specialty sorbent products for crop and horticultural, fluids purification, animal health, sports field, industrial and automotive markets and is a leading manufacturer of cat litter. The Company will offer a live webcast of the first quarter earnings teleconference on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, Central Time. To listen via the web, visit www.streetevents.com or www.oildri.com. The Company will host its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 starting at 9:30 am, Central Time. The meeting will be held at The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604. The record date for voting eligibility at the Annual Meeting was October 17, 2016. "Oil-Dri," "Cat's Pride," "Fresh & Light," "Fresh & Light Ultimate Care," "Agsorb" and "Amlan International" are registered trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America. "Varium" and "NeoPrime" are trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America. Certain statements in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our future performance, our business, our beliefs, and our management's assumptions. In addition, we, or others on our behalf, may make forward-looking statements in other press releases or written statements, or in our communications and discussions with investors and analysts in the normal course of business through meetings, webcasts, phone calls, and conference calls. 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