|Species/Cultivar||Rest period (days)||Animals
|Mombasa||28 a 35||32 - 40||8 -14|
|Tanzania||28 a 35||32 - 35||12 -14|
|Marandu||28 a 35||23 - 32||8 -14|
|MG-5||24 a 35||20 - 32||8 -14|
|Decumbens||24 a 30||20 - 27||6 - 8|
|Humidicola||21 a 28||12 - 16||4 - 5|
Grazing period must happen when light absorption by the plants is at its maximum for photosyntesis process. In tussock species it is frequent to observe self shading within the plant leaves (young leaves blocking sunlight to the ones below)
The animals should be taken out of the paddock when all photosyntetic active leaves were grazed;therefore,the leaf/stem ratio will be low.
Over grazing damages expanding leaves and removes buds and meristems harming the future regrowth.