USA beef exports soared 17% this year because of the case of mad cow disease found in Alberta, Canada, according to an economic report from Statistics Canada.

The increase in exports went to Mexico, Japan and South Korea, markets where American and Canadian exporters traditionally compete for business.

The report also said the United States did not import any beef from other countries to fill in any gaps created when Canadian beef was banned.

US beef exports averaged C$460m (US$343.95m) per month before the confirmed mad cow case but jumped to an average of C$540m for the three months following.