Local agronomist Josh Hack advises that ideal grazing management for kikuyu is to graze the plant at the 4,5 leaf stage, as this is when the kikuyu is at optimum quality.

This strategy helps to avoid issues associated with grazing immature kikuyu.

4,5 leaf kikuyu will have substantially better nutrient balance than 2 leaf kikuyu. In good growing conditions kikuyu will put on a leaf every 4-5 days, so waiting until 4.5 leaf stage also maximises kikuyu yield for cattle production.